Special Populations

1071 Words Nov 16th, 2011 5 Pages
Child Advocacy in Colorado
The Importance of a Case Manager

As defined; child advocacy refers to a range of individuals, professionals and advocacy organizations who promote the optimal development of children. An individual or organization engaging in advocacy typically volunteer to protect children’s rights which may be abridged or abused in a number of areas. (Weinzweig, 2004) A child advocate not only provides a child with a safe haven, they also provide a voice when the child is not loud enough. Child Advocacy services can usually be sought after through the help of a case manager. In Colorado, when a child is placed in foster care, a service that is provided through the state is case management. One of the services that case
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Case management plays a very important role when it comes to children who need child advocacy who are in foster care. Within Colorado alone there are several different child advocate programs that one can volunteer for. One program is CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, it is a nationwide program of volunteers who are appointed to abused and neglected children in the Juvenile Court System, and then make recommendations to the judge for the children’s long-term welfare. CASA volunteers speak up for these children and help them find safe, permanent homes. They also develop a relationship with the children. (http://www.denvercasa.org/index.html) Another program is the Tennyson Center for Children, which provides a lot of educational services and programs for children and families to help reunite them and help them get through tough times in their lives. Tennyson Center for Children thrives to help rehabilitate abused and neglected children so they will grow into productive functioning adults. (http://www.childabuse.org)
Not only is neglect and abuse a serious issue nationwide it is an issue in which human services really steps in and makes a difference. Without case managers, volunteers and communities that want to help these children, there is no telling what could and would happen to these young innocent people. It