In 1992, Judy Horgan launched Child Watch of Pittsburgh, a project of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, to assess inadequacies in the delivery of social services to children. The committee immediately discovered a desperate need to increase child advocacy efforts.
Child Watch modeled its practices after The Children’s Defense Fund and Marian Wright Edelman. Instead of creating another agency, Child Watch brought existing agencies together to inform the community about issues impacting the most vulnerable children. By convening stakeholders, facilitating discussions, educating the public, and mobilizing decision makers and policy makers, the organization provided an environment for coalition partners to collaboratively address mutual concerns while remaining faithful to their individual missions. Child Watch gave local advocates a unified voice that led to positive changes.
In 2013, Allies for Children was formed, building on the foundation of child advocacy established by Child Watch.