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Advocacy | Raising Hope

Advocacy

RaisingHOPE’s immediate plan is to assist families in the child welfare system. In any juvenile dependency or child welfare system it is essential that children and families have high quality representation. The right to privacy in a family is paramount and if the government wants to step into that family then competent, caring & trained counsel is paramount. RaisingHOPE’s team is experienced and trained. Pursuant to California Welfare & Institutions Code §317 lawyers for children are required to meet with their clients and make the court aware of the child’s wishes while also ensuring that no request is harmful to the client.

 

Children’s Counsel

RH is committed to excellence in child’s representation. RH also supports much needed local, state and national policy change and system reform.

By the time a child enters the child welfare system they have been traumatized twice. Once when the underlying abuse or neglect occurred and then again when they were removed from their parent or guardian. Counsel empowers the youth and protects their rights. It gives them a voice in court and in life.

  1. Removal from their home – was this necessary? Is this child actually at risk of harm?
  2. Placement – Where should the child live if they cannot live at home?
  3. Physical well-being – Is the child receiving appropriate medical checkups, medication, too much medication?
  4. Mental Health – Does the child need counseling? Is the child in appropriate counseling? Does the child need medication or a medication review?
  5. Education – Can the child remain in their school of origin? Is the child receiving the necessary special education assessments, IEP’s, 504’s, etc? How many credits does a high school student need to graduate or apply for college?
  6. Delinquency Court – An attorney can advocate for their client and partner with a public defender if a foster child has been arrested.

As you can see advocates are crucial to a child’s success both in and out of the child welfare system.

For Foster parents

Foster parents make many sacrifices for the children in their care yet they often have very little say in what happens to the children they care for. Foster parents are not always a party to a dependency case but they can make their interests known and, in some cases, become a party to the case. Foster parents are on the front lines with the children in their care and they have important information pertaining to that child or children. RH also represents foster parents as long as there is no conflict of interest with our children’s representation.