Child Legal Advocacy
Victim Support and Advocacy
The Child Legal Advocate is co-located at the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office and receives referrals regarding children and their non-offending family members, including those who have previously received services at Partners' Children's Advocacy Center. These victim cases have been referred by law enforcement to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for charging.
Partners' Child Legal Advocacy Services:
- Reduce the emotional trauma and re-victimization of the child victim and their non-offending family member
- Increase the child victim and their non-offending family members' empowerment and access to legal proceedings and treatment services
- Assist child victims and their non-offending family members in making informed decisions regarding their participation in legal proceedings
- Advocate for greater responsiveness of the legal, treatment and Child Protective Services systems to the unique needs of child victims and their non-offending family members
Upon receiving a referral from the prosecutor's office, Partners' Child Legal Advocate contacts the referred family by telephone. During the phone interview, she provides an introduction to the services offered, conducts a safety assessment and addresses any concerns the family may have. If the family agrees to services, a face-to-face appointment is scheduled either in the office or at the family home.