Child Advocacy

The Child Advocacy Program will prepare students to advocate for the rights of children by entering the workforce with an A.A. degree. Students in the program learn about vulnerable conditions that have negative consequences on children and adolescents such as disease, substance abuse, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. This multidisciplinary approach will offer students with a distinctive educational perspective with which to navigate the intricacies of the public child welfare system and beyond.

Child Advocacy – Associate in Arts  

This program is designed for students who are planning to pursue a career in Social Services. Students gain the foundation courses and liberal arts background necessary to prepare for further study at a four-year college or university in the field of child advocacy.

Year 1
Fall Semester
  • CS 101 Introduction to Microcomputers or
    CS 102 Applications on the Microcomputer - 3 Credits
  • EN 101  English Composition I - 3 Credits
  • CA 101 Introduction to Child Advocacy - 3 Credits
  • SO 201 Introductory Sociology - 3 Credits
  • CA 102 Child Development and the Ecological system - 3 Credits
Spring Semester
  • EN 102 English Composition II - 3 Credits
  • General Education Humanities Elective - 3 Credits                                                                                                                      
  • General Education Mathematics Elective (Excluding MA 115) - 3 Credits
  • PY 101 General Psychology - 3 Credits
  • CA 103 Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare - 3 Credits
Year 2
Fall Semester
  • SP 203 Effective Speech - 3 Credits
  • HI 101 Western Civilization I or HI 102 Western Civilization II - 3 Credits
  • BI 104 Human Biology with BI 105 Lab - 3 Credits
  • CA 104 Children and Justice - 3 Credits
Spring Semester
  • General Education Diversity Elective 
    GE 101 World Geography or                                                       
    GE 102 Cultural Geography suggested - 3 Credits
  • HI 201 US History I or US History I - 3 Credits
  • General Education Humanities Elective - 3 Credits
  • MA 205 Statistics - 3 Credits
  • Child Advocacy Field Work - 3 Credits

    Total Credits 61

Program Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes at the completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Identify common legal, ethical, and professional issues that emerge for children and their advocates.
  • Define and assess a vocabulary of concepts, conventions, and case law that will allow a more sophisticated level of discourse on these issues. 
  • Critically analyze complex, emotional issues based on an accurate understanding of the issues facing all parties involved and articulate their reasoning, beliefs, and feeling both verbally and in writing.
  • Identify and demonstrate how to apply a model of critical maltreatment issues and research. 
  • Recognize a child advocates own values and perceptions and the impact those values could have on their practice.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to be able to be objective when working with clients. 


In order to register for this program, you will need to apply to Cumberland County College.

For more information

Lynn Lichtenberger, Ed.D.
Dean of Business, Education and Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Engineering
856-691-8600, ext. 1405
[email protected]