FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US
Attend an Info Session or connect with us in any way that is convenient for you.
After you find out more about us, you’ll need to fill out this application.
After we have received your application, we will call you to set up an interview. The interview process is our chance to see if becoming a Child Advocate is the right volunteer opportunity for you.
You will begin training to learn how to be a successful advocate for a foster child. Training includes 20 hours of classroom training and 10 hours of on the job training. The classroom training schedule can be found here.
Training topics include: Understanding Children; The Law, the Child Protection System & the Courts; Cultural Competence; Domestic Violence & Family Strengths; Poverty & Substance Abuse; Trauma Informed Care & Mental Health Issues; Family Finding & Educational Advocacy; Honoring Tribal Connections and Educational Advocacy.
MEET YOUR ADVOCATE COACH
At the mid-point in this training, you will be matched with an Advocate Coach who will supervise you on your assigned case. They will provide information on resources, offer guidance and support you as you make a difference in the life of a child in foster care.
GRADUATE & ADVOCATE
Upon completion of training and assignments, as well as the required security clearances, you will graduate from training and be matched with your case.
As a Child Advocate you commit to spending an average of 5-10 hours per month on one specific case for at least a year. You research the case, talk with everyone involved and build a trusting relationship with the child or family of children.
You will prepare reports to the court based on what you believe is best for the child, helping the judge make the most informed decision possible.
Volunteering is a serious time commitment, but the scheduling of your activities is mostly flexible.