Adapting to this current COVID-19 world is taking creativity, but court appointed advocate Jennifer S. has not missed a beat. With the use of technology and FaceTime, she has maintained consistent contact with the children she serves and their foster parents, making sure the children and their caregivers have everything they need. Emily*, a young girl on one of Jennifer’s cases, was delighted to virtually connect with Jennifer and tell her all about her new placement. “She is thriving in the new placement and she was just very happy in general. It was a great feeling for me to see her like that,” Jennifer reported.
Pictured above, some of the children Jennifer advocates for get ready for their virtual check-ins and working on school work.
In times like these, for children who have already endured so much unrest in their lives, maintaining a sense of normalcy is incredibly important. Being able to touch base with their advocate and see a familiar face, even through a screen can make all the difference. Jennifer explained, “The best support I can give right now are words of encouragement. Telling Emily* and Jonathan* to make sure they are paying attention and getting their work done. Praising them in all of their efforts… I feel remaining upbeat and positive during this time of so much uncertainty is helping them.”
When asked about how she is caring for the children specifically on her cases, Jennifer said that the children “know someone is thinking about them and cares about them,” summing up the most important work being done by our advocates day in and day out—making sure that Houston’s abused children have someone they can count on. We are so grateful for our advocates like Jennifer who are continuing to bring light, hope and consistency to the children who need it most.
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*Names were changed to protect the privacy of the parties involved.