What does a Child Advocate do?

Child Advocates are appointed by judges to represent the best interest of children involved in the dependency court system. The Advocate researches the child's situation by talking with the child as well as others who play a significant role in the child's life. The Advocate writes a report to the court for review hearings with information about the parents’ progress in services and an update about the child, the child’s expressed wishes, as well as what the Advocate believes is in the child’s best interest. 

What a CASA does

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1. What does “Dependency” mean?
2. When can I see my child(ren)?
3. How do I get an attorney?
4. What if I missed the Shelter Care Hearing?
5. What is an Advocate/GAL?
6. What is the difference between a Child Advocate and a GAL, and what determines which my child will get?
7. What does a Child Advocate do?
8. Is there anyone I can talk with who has been through this?
9. What is Dependency 101?