Advocacy is an important part of Birthright’s work. At a local level, we support families with their rights and entitlements, and at a national level, we advocate for systemic change to ensure better conditions for all children growing up in families led by one person.
Families led by one person are strong and resilient but they need more support. We want every child to be well supported and thrive.
Local advocacy support
Most of our affiliate organisations provide advocacy support to families. This may include:
- providing information and guidance on the rights and entitlements of families led by one person
- supporting families during meetings with schools, organisations and agencies such as Work and Income, Housing New Zealand.
Contact your local Birthright to find out about their advocacy support for children and families.
Advocacy at a national level
Birthright New Zealand regularly takes the opportunity to comment on legislation and government policy reviews that impact on the children and families we work with or on our ability to deliver services to these families.
Today, approximately 27 percent of families in New Zealand are led by one person. New Zealand has the third highest rate of single parents in the OECD. A third of children would have lived in a single parent family by the age of 17 years. New Zealand has one of the highest differences in child poverty rates for single parent households compared to two parent households in the OECD. Children in one parent households are 6 times more likely to live in poverty than those in families with two or more adults.
Systemic barriers result in poor outcomes for too many children growing up in single parent families. Income, employment, housing, judicial processes, physical and mental wellbeing and education are just some of the areas where single parent families face systemic barriers that impact on their success.
Birthright has been working with families led by one person for over 60 years and we will continue to raise awareness with government on the issues facing families led by one person.