Volunteer Child Advocates work collaboratively with children, family members, caregivers, child welfare agencies, attorneys, educators and service providers to develop a comprehensive assessment of the needs of each child. They then work diligently to ensure that those needs are met and that any barriers to a child’s reunification with parents or adoption are addressed. They work to put services in place, cut through red tape and facilitate movement through the system so that children achieve a permanent, safe solution as quickly as possible.
The Volunteer Child Advocates also work to help ensure that teens aging out of the system have a place to live, an income/job or educational program, and the services they need to live independently. Child Advocates are often the most consistent presence in the life of a child in a system where caseworkers, attorneys, and foster placements turn over frequently. Child Advocates attend every court hearing and provide judges with detailed, fact-based court reports that address the needs and circumstances of these children.