What Does It Mean To Advocate
Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favor, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others.
Child Advocacy consists of individuals, professionals and advocacy organizations who speak out for the best interests of children. An individual or organization engaging in advocacy that seeks to protect children’s rights which may be abridged or abused in a number of areas due to a number of circumstances including domestic, physical, and sexual abuse, and/or neglect.
What Does It Take To Advocate?
We offer a nationally approved pre-service curriculum that, in four 4-hour sessions, will train you as an advocate, the responsibilities and limitations, as well as give a brief introduction into the Child Welfare system. After training, you will be assigned 1-2 cases and partner with a coordinator who will be your mentor and support throughout your case.
5-8 Hours A Month
At least once a month you will visit the child or children assigned to you. We also perform investigations – looking into the children’s educational, medical, and therapeutic needs, and talk to caregivers in order to determine what is in the child’s best interest. This investigation will occur monthly while the case is open.
We ask our advocates to commit to their assigned children for the length of their stay in Foster Care; we are the only professionals one the case that can do this. A case can last anywhere from 6-18 months. As one of the only participants in the case from beginning to end, we have a unique opportunity to collect and present a thorough knowledge.
Roughly every 3 months, you will present your fact-based investigation in court to the assigned Judge on the case. With help from your coordinator, you will write a report – using the evidence collected to represent these children – and give recommendations for their health and safety. A Public Defenders will be appointed to our Program and will represent you.
- Children With a Volunteer Advocate in the Third District 60% 60%
- Children Without a Volunteer Advocate in the Third District 40% 40%
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