What it means to be a CHILD ADVOCATE
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed Child Advocate to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or Child Advocate
Child Advocates are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. Child Advocates are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. Child Advocates save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
CASA of Liberty & Chambers Counties continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in our area. Child Advocates serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. Child Advocates are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.