Careers & Internships
Child advocates may have a variety of functions at corporate, non-profit and government organizations. These functions might include:
- arranging adoptions
- dealing with child maltreatment, neglect, and abuse
- foster care placement
- early interventions with families and schools
- counseling for pregnant teens
- dealing with truancy problems
- behavior modification
- addressing health issues
- researching policies
- filing lawsuits
- home visits
- family and child counseling
There are many pathways towards a career in child advocacy. A CAST minor can be combined with a variety degrees and programs at WSU:
Biology: Allied Health Option
This degree offers preparation for a number of health related fields from environmental health to physician’s assistant where there are many opportunities to promote health, fitness, and safety for children.
- Business Administration or Public Administration
With an administrative degree, you can get a job directing child advocacy organizations and influence public policy to help protect children.
- Criminal Justice
A degree in criminal justice opens the door to careers in law enforcement and corrections that play an active role in child advocacy.
A degree in education puts you in a perfect place to notice possible maltreatment or abuse and lead in advocating for students.
A nursing degree can lead to a job working closely with children where you can become an advocate for abused or neglected children.
This degree provides entrance into careers with law firms, government agencies, and insurance companies where there are many opportunities for child advocacy. A paralegal degree is also good preparation for law school and one day advocate for children in lawsuits and criminal trials yourself.
A degree in psychology can help prepare for work in counseling children who are at risk for developmental, behavioral, and social problems and their families.
- Social Work
A degree in social work can lead to a career specifically oriented toward protecting children and supporting child victims.
A sociology degree can lead to a career at an advocacy center or other outreach agency that provides assistance and support to children in need.
The Child Advocacy Studies minor includes a capstone requirement (like a field experience). The capstone experience is a required, four-credit class taken at the end of the CAST program (typically in a student’s final year). This off-campus, community-based course provides students with actual experience in the field and can lead to a career in child advocacy.