Our child advocacy services are offered to clients throughout the order of protection process. These services include crisis intervention & safety planning, court accompaniment, counseling referrals, financial assistance referrals, and ad litem attorney referrals if necessary.
Safety planning for kids looks a little bit different than it does for adults. Our team has specialized safety planning guides that our Child Advocate assists with one-on-one with minor children that include who they can talk to if they are feeling anxious, what activities they can do when they are worried, where they can go in case of emergency, and what they can say to trusted adults to receive help.
By request, our Child Advocate will accompany minor children to court along with the adult STOPDV client(s). Court accompaniment involves being present with the children at all times for emotional support and security throughout the hearing, and in cases of testimony, the Child Advocate provides an extra layer of comfort to help the child(ren) feel the most at ease.
This is not allowed under any circumstances. Any communication from a child to the Child Advocate will not be responded to due to ethical guidelines. The Child Advocate will never reach out to a minor child electronically under any circumstances as well for this reason.
In order to provide services for a child in person, the adult client must sign a consent form. If a child is in need of services, it is the responsibility of the adult client to communicate with the Child Advocate to meet the needs of the minor(s) involved.
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