Advocacy

Do I need a Child Advocate?

Why do I need a Child advocate not a lawyer? This is because Children First Advocacy we specialize in DCF and Educational procedures where as lawyers practice in areas of Massachusetts General Law, not State requirements and regulations. In addition many issues children and families face are not related to legal action in either criminal or civil matters. There are two major branches of advocacy we specialize in, child abuse advocacy & educational advocacy.

Child Abuse Advocacy:

  • Are you currently under investigation (51B) by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
  • Has the Department of Family Service showed up in your children’s school or at your house unannounced?
  • Have you been notified a CHINS petition has been filed in Juvenile court against your teenager?
  • If you have answered yes to any of these questions you may need an advocate.
  • The majority of the time when DCF comes to your house you have not met the criminal criteria to be charged with a crime. Your case will be processed by the means of the 110 C.M.R. regulations.
  • An independent advocate gives you and your family a voice in the process while also giving you someone who understands the rules and regulations that DCF must follow.
  • Families who have advocates have a better chance of having a 51A unsupported.
  • An advocate can file documentation in regards to your investigation placing your version in the case file.

Educational Advocacy:

  • Has interaction in your child’s school become unproductive for your child(ren) and your family?
  • Is your child bringing home failing grades, having behavioral or social problems in school?
  • If you have answered yes to any of these questions you may need a child/educational advocate.
  • A child advocate gives you and your family a voice in the process while also giving you someone who understands the rules and regulations that must be followed, by school district, in regards to providing educational services.
  • A child advocate can explain MCAS requirements, the No child Left Behind Federal Act (NCLB) and what that means to your child in the State of Massachusetts.
  • School systems today have become big business, a child in need of services often may not receive all the related services they need due to funding.
  • Due to budget constraints, many school districts are not providing the services some students require. many times it takes approaching the school, with an advocate, to demonstrate your seriousness to obtain services for your child.
Children First Advocacy and or their employees or sub contractors do not provide legal advice in any situation. Children First Advocacy provides services associated with procedural actions concerning allegations child abuse or neglect and educational issues facing children and families in Massachusetts.