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What Does it Mean to be a Volunteer Child Advocate?

The Guardian ad Litem Program seeks to make sure every child in foster care has an assigned Volunteer Child Advocate. Children with an Advocate are more likely to be adopted, succeed in school and their professional lives and make a positive impact on the community. The 19th Judicial Circuit Program provides an Advocate to over 950 children, however more Advocates are needed to ensure that all our area’s children are given a voice.

Learn more about how Advocates make a positive impact on the community and how Guardian ad Litem supports & trains new and current Advocates.

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Volunteer Child Advocates (VCA) are a voice for children who have often been removed from their families and placed in the Dependency Court System. The Volunteer Child Advocate works under the general guidance and supervision of a Child Advocate Manager (CAM). Volunteer Child Advocates are assigned to a case and work in conjunction with their CAM and Child’s Best Interest Attorney (CBI).

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What Does It Mean to be a Volunteer Child Advocate?

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Monthly In-Person Visits with Your Assigned Child

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Document Case Activities

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Prepare Written Reports

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Attend Court Hearings

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Gather & Maintain the Child’s Important Records

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Attend Scheduled Case Conferences & Training Sessions

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