WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE MADE IN A CHILD’S LIFE?
Bob explained that it can be hard to identify sometimes how exactly he is making a difference for the child. However, he believes for his particular child on his case, he has been able to communicate very effectively with the Foster Mom after establishing a strong relationship with her regarding the child. Bob stated that he feels as though he can be a voice for the Foster parent which trickles to the child in custody. He has made suggestions, express quickly his recommendations and ask the right questions, by looking at observations throughout the case to the Foster Mom which in turn helps the child.
“ONE SENTENCE” ABOUT WHY OTHERS SHOULD ADVOCATE? WHY SHOULD OTHERS BE CHILD ADVOCATES?
Sometimes when volunteering there is this perception you cannot actually make a difference, when you become a Child Advocate however, because you are outside of the system, you can look at the big picture and move about the system freely to decide where you want to make the biggest difference.
HOW HAVE YOU GROWN BECAUSE OF THIS EXPERIENCE (OF BEING A CHILD ADVOCATE)?
He now understands the system put in place when a child is taken into custody. He “truly believes he can understand the system now as a third party person and he can take the gloves off to get people who may have been burdened with responsibilities to look at the child differently.
He just hopes he can make that little bit of difference for the child through his observations.