Our advocacy is based on working cooperatively with parents, community resources, and the child welfare system. We believe that the system exists because there are some kids that need protection. With that being said, we believe it is best for children to be raised by their own family. If that is not the case, extended family, in community and in their cultural background placements should be considered in that order.
The buddy system is designed to help support families dealing with CFS by allowing the parent to have an external support available in meetings with CFS. It provides emotional and mental stability for families when the conversation with CFS may be difficult for the parent to handle by standing up for the parent when the agency is being unreasonable, keeping the conversation focused on the positive, and suggesting small breaks when the situation seems to affect the emotion of the parent too much. This also shows CFS that the parent is not alone, and that the parent does have supports in place.
We connect with parents who need questions answered or an informal supporter to attend meetings with social workers.
We invite helpers with Fearless R2W to attend meetings out in the community or meet with CFS or government officials to discuss our recommendations.
We use our ongoing education to explain system processes and attend meetings with social workers with parents.
We are currently training advocates with our 15 part advocacy system to expand the helpers available to meet with families.
In March 2018 Fearless R2W sat together and brainstormed a few advocacy tips for community members. Check out our advocacy tips and be sure to join us in our coming learning and sharing circles for in person advocacy tips.