Imagine it is late at night, and you are four-years-old, alone in the back seat of your mother's car with your infant sister. You wake up, and your mother is in the front seat passed out. This is the reality for many of the children we serve. The person who is supposed to care for and protect them is the very person causing harm. They needed someone to speak up for them. They needed an advocate.
Austin* and Amy* came into care due to neglectful supervision from their mother. Austin and Amy were found inside a locked car with their mother after using inhalants just minutes before with all windows raised.
When children are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, they face many challenges that most of us can't imagine. You and I can give them a voice with a gift to Child Advocates.
Heather became Austin and Amy's advocate. When Austin and Amy arrived at their new foster home, they were extremely malnourished and often would overeat as a result. The children stayed at this foster home for about one year and during that time began to flourish. Heather was a part of every milestone, from Austin's first day of school to Amy's first words.
Heather spoke up in court to ensure the children would be with family. She researched and found an aunt who wanted to adopt Austin and Amy. Heather was also instrumental in encouraging Amy's and Austin's mother to seek treatment. She knew it would not only be beneficial for the children, but it would also help their mother get her life back.
Our advocates' work not only helps the children involved but can also change the entire family.
Without generous gifts from people just like you, Amy and Austin might not have found their forever home. When Austin and Amy moved to their forever home and were welcomed by their cousins -- Heather was there.
Please give generously now to our Heroes Society Annual Giving Fund so more children can receive the life-changing help of an advocate like Heather! Every day abused children are waiting for a voice, please help us today.
*Names were changed to protect the identity of the children we help.