25,000 California babies are reported for maltreatment during their first year of life - before they can walk, before they can talk. Advokids speaks up for these children.
Advokids integrates neuroscience and child welfare law to teach child advocates how to fight for foster children's long-term physical and emotional health and safety.
Children in foster care are our priority.
Make them yours.
This movie explains how significant neglect can harm a young child’s development: The Science of Neglect (2013), The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Annie was abandoned by her mother and entered foster care at birth. She then spent her first 4 years of life with her grandmother but was removed from grandmother’s care due to neglect. After she was returned to foster care, Annie experienced five placements in three months before she was placed in what would be her adoptive home. Haley, Annie’s new “mom,” was committed to helping Annie heal from the trauma she had suffered in her short life.
Court proceedings to secure Annie’s adoptive placement were continuously delayed. Annie faced additional heartache when her new baby sister came into foster care and was placed with Annie and Haley only to be moved to the care of a relative who was elderly and infirm. Advokids referred Haley to a dedicated attorney and helped Haley fight for Annie and her baby sister. Their futures are finally secure in their forever home with Haley.
Advokids, along with three foster parents, filed suit against the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (LADCFS) for routinely failing to provide foster parents and relative caregivers with advance written notice of court hearings and opportunities to be heard. Read the press release here.
Why We Should Welcome Caregiver Participation In the Child Welfare System, Op-Ed by Janet Sherwood, Deputy Director of Advokids, Chronicle of Social Change, 9/1/2014.
NBC4 News coverage of the lawsuit:
Advokids and the Northern California Association of Counsel for Children present “LGBT Youth in the Child Welfare System: Professional Guidelines and Emerging Issues” on Wednesday, May 6th in San Francisco.
Dependency 101 in Northern California on Saturday, May 9th.
Advokids was solely instrumental in my most recent foster child being reunited with his mother out-of-state. You see, he and his mother were residents of a state other than California, but the child was detained from his father locally, after he had been visiting with him here in California for about 2 months. Neither the child's attorney nor either of the parent's attorneys were familiar with the laws that addressed such cases. I contacted Margaret and Jan at Advokids, and they were able to provide me with examples of case law that were utilized by the child's attorney at the most recent court hearing, which resulted in the judge's order for DCFS to return the child to his non-offending mother in their home state.
Thank you Advokids!
Tiffany, Foster Parent and Los Angeles Social Worker 2014
My journey with Advokids began with one prayer, one click and one letter on their website. Advokids was heaven sent. They immediately responded, educated, empowered, and assisted me beyond belief. After seven months of excruciating heartache I am forever grateful that I was reunited with my little girl. Because of Advokids’ tireless efforts, dedication and passion to our children, foster parents and relative caretakers, my faith has been completely restored in pure human goodness!!! Thank you! Tiana – Foster Parent 2014
I wanted to update you a bit and thank you again for all of your calm assistance during the sometimes turbulent last 14 months. Your guidance and compassion during this process was more than appreciated. It wasn't until we contacted you that we felt someone actually cared. You actually took the time to listen and talk us off all of the "ledges" this process presents. Your quick responses provided us comfort and reassurance, and we cannot thank you enough for being there for us.
Kristin – Foster to Adopt Parent 2014
We finally adopted Mazie on May 6th! I will never forget what a lifesaver you were to me almost three years ago. We can all make a difference, even more so when we work together. I believe that everyone needs to better understand kids in foster care so there is more empathy, understanding, and involvement. Keep up the good work.
Lisa – Adoptive Parent 2014
Words don't even come close to describing what Advokids means to me and my family. They saved our foster child's LIFE!!! The whole staff treats each child as if it is their own. At Advokids, the child is not a number. He or she is a real person with emotions and feelings. Please donate so that they can continue to help each one of us to give our foster children a VOICE in the courtroom.
Kelli – Foster to Adopt Parent 2014
As an agency social worker I am always looking for support from those educated about the law and dedicated to helping foster youth. I have reached out to Advokids on a variety of occasions asking for help and information on law. They have never failed me. Furthermore, I usually receive an email or a phone call in under an hour's time.
I encourage my foster parents to contact Advokids when in need and have several families who call them almost daily. Their kindness never wavers and their advice is priceless. Danielle - Social Worker, Modesto, CA 2014