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Title: KidsVoice%20Multidisciplinary%20Approach%20to%20Dependency%20Advocacy


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KidsVoice Multidisciplinary Approach to
Dependency Advocacy
  • Scott Hollander, Executive Director

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2000
2007
Children Represented
  • 5,000
  • 500,000
  • 4 per child
  • 11
  • 2.8 hours
  • 5,000
  • 3.8 million
  • 4 per child
  • 65
  • 13 hours

Funding
Hearings Per Year
Staff
Direct Service Time Per Child
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Mission KidsVoice advocates in court and in the
community to ensure a safe and permanent home for
abused, neglected and at-risk children.
Value Statements
  • WE BELIEVE that better child advocacy is achieved
    when a diverse team of professionals with
    knowledge and experience in a variety of
    disciplines work together for children.
  • WE BELIEVE that all children can thrive and
    deserve the opportunity to achieve their full
    potential.
  • WE RECOGNIZE the awesome responsibility of our
    work and will be as resourceful and creative as
    we need to be to meet each childs needs.
  • WE BELIEVE that each child is a unique individual
    with intrinsic value and rights that we must
    appreciate and respect.
  • WE ARE COMMITTED to fostering childrens
    self-esteem and encouraging children to dream.

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Value Statements
  • WE BELIEVE that we have the ability to create
    positive change at the individual, organizational
    and system levels and that we must be a catalyst
    for innovative and collaborative solutions among
    agencies serving children.
  • WE BELIEVE that educating others about the needs
    of children is an integral part of our advocacy
    for children.
  • WE BELIEVE that diversity in all areas
    including culture, background, training and
    experience strengthens our organization and we
    are committed to creating a work environment that
    embraces and encourages diversity.
  • WE VALUE each employee and are committed to
    creating an open, supportive and challenging work
    environment that fosters creativity and
    professional growth for all employees.

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TRAINING
  1. New Hire Training 5 weeks of classroom and
    shadowing
  2. Monthly mandatory professional meetings
  3. Outside speaker series
  4. Free CLE credits through PBI
  5. Training allowance
  6. Professional organization membership

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LEGAL TOPICS
  • Juvenile Act
  • Child Protective Services Law
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Evidence
  • Local Procedure
  • Legal Ethics
  • Special Education Law
  • PFAs
  • ICWA
  • MEPA
  • Minors Rights to Treatment
  • Emancipation
  • Expungements

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SOCIAL SERVICE TOPICS
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • MH/MR
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Evaluations
  • Education
  • Sex Offenders
  • Teen Issues
  • Sexuality in Children
  • Placements
  • Adoption Services

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  • CASE TEAM FUNCTIONS
  • Each case is assigned to an attorney and Child
    Advocacy Specialist (CAS)
  • Each attorney will work with at least 2 CASs and
    vice-versa
  • Case teams are required to meet at least once a
    week to discuss shared cases, starting with cases
    scheduled for hearings three weeks from now
  • Determine what information is needed and who
    should gather it.
  • Meet twice more prior to the hearing to discuss
    case and formulate recommendations
  • Meet after hearing to discuss results and monitor
    implementation

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  • Attorneys and social service professionals often
    approach cases in a different manner.
  • 1 CAS complaint The attorney treats me as
  • a paralegal or other type of assistant.
  • 1 Attorney Complaint CASs dont
  • understand what is legally relevant.

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INFORMATION SHARING ISSUES
  • Some case information is in the case file and
    some information is on the shared drive
  • Case files are not always easy to locate
  • Sometimes handwritten case notes are not placed
    in the file
  • Some staff do not write legibly
  • Changes in provider and contact information is
    not easy to update
  • Case information cannot be accessed from outside
    the office

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ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Activity log
  • Monthly individual supervision meetings
  • Monthly regional team meetings
  • Case team observations
  • File reviews
  • Field observations
  • Accountable to case team partner

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  • CLINICAL EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS
  • Duquesne University College of Law
  • Civil Family Justice Clinic
  • University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Internship and Externship Credits
  • Social Work Placement
  • Child Development Placement
  • Summer Internship Program

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Difference between average attorney 7,500salary
and average social serviceprofessional salary
Cost Savings of Multidisciplinary Practice
  • Number of social service 20
  • professionals on staff
  • Savings compared to using attorneys 150,000
  • alone to provide 13 hours per client

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