The Cowlitz County Child Advocates Program is tasked with being the voice of abused and neglected children in the dependency court system. Every dependent child in Cowlitz County is assigned an Advocate through their program. They serve as a key component in the ongoing high success rates of the County's family reunification efforts.
An Advocate is a trained volunteer who represents the best interests of children as they are taken through the legal process.
These trained volunteers:
- Investigate the case and inform the court
- Help identify resources to address a child's special needs
- Recommend temporary and permanent plans for the child
- The process focuses on the best interests of the child.
Cowlitz County Child Advocates are screened, trained and supervised. They are equipped with a detailed training manual and must complete 30 hours of training before receiving a case. Advocates also participate in ongoing training, study groups, recognition events, book clubs, and conferences to keep their skills sharp and comply with the 12 hour per year continuing training requirement.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with their program, contact them directly at:
Longview, WA 98632
Phone: (360) 414-5212
Fax: (360) 425-6369