Mission: Family advocates works to strengthen families and keep kids safe by empowering everyday people to protect and enrich the lives of youth.
Target demographics: At-risk children and families that are affected by the cycle of abuse.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 800 children.
Geographic areas served: Southwest Idaho
Programs: Family Strengthening, works with families to create strong networks and healthy habits through classes, activities, and more. This program engages children and parents in building their Five Protective Factors and solidifying strong and healthy families.
The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program recruits, trains, and supports volunteer child advocates, called Guardians ad Litem, as well as pro-bono attorneys to represent the volunteer, in the Fourth Judicial District (Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties). Guardians ad Litem represent children within the foster care system.
Family Advocates offers the unique full-spectrum support for at-risk families as they not only support families with training and support to learn more about parenting, but they offer support to children who find themselves in foster care and need someone who can be their voice to the court (CASA). This program supports families with training, resource referral, basic needs, and more while not only trying to prevent child abuse but also by supporting those children and families that are trying to break the cycle they are in.