From the time a child makes an outcry of abuse until the end of a criminal trial can take months or even years. The Family Advocate program provides support and information to non-offending families involved with the multi-disciplinary team. This program was developed to provide a continuum of care for clients from the first day they come to the Center until the end of the resulting criminal trial. Providing a consistent person clients can rely on to resolve concerns, provide information and refer them to services eases the confusion and stress our clients endure throughout the judicial process.
- Advocacy: Family Advocates work collaboratively with the MDT and non-offending family members to ensure that the client’s voice is heard. The caseworker acts as a “middle-man” between the MDT and the client to enhance communication.
- Support: Family Advocates provide emotional support for clients as they proceed through the judicial system. Caseworkers provide support before, during and after court proceedings involving the children and their non-offending family members.
- Information: Family Advocates provide information to clients regarding the status of their case. Caseworkers make appropriate referrals for clients as needs arise.