Advocacy from a trauma based perspective . Center for Children’s Advocacy www.kidscounsel.org May 1 st , 2012 . Human Cost of Trauma. Depression is at least 3 to 5 times more common in individuals with histories of child maltreatment. (Felitti, & Anda, 2003)
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Center for Children’s Advocacy www.kidscounsel.org
May 1st, 2012
Goal: Help clients access resources they will need to engage and continue their path to healing from trauma.
Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Elvira is a 14 year old undocumented student who was sexually abused by one of her caregivers. She is now staying with an acquaintance. There are some inconsistencies in the timeline as well as other details of her story. She received a medical examination and the results are highly suggestive of sexual abuse. As the date of the preliminary hearing for neglect approaches she recants certain incidents of abuse and provides other details of more serious forms of abuse by a second perpetrator.
Elvira is a special education student under the label of emotional disturbance who is failing all of her classes and has been suspended from school several times this year. She is facing expulsion due to a recent assault at school.
See With Me, Not Without Me: How to Involve Children in Court, ABA, Child Law Practice, Vol. 26 No. 9 (November 2007).
Evidentiary Issues: Preparing Your Client to Testify and Proving Her Case
Elvira Decides to Testify at Neglect Hearing: Is it Harmful?
Pursuant to DCF policies and regulations, the admission
criteria to the Voluntary Services Program are as follows:
RCSA Section 17a-11-7
CONN. GEN. STAT.§ 10-76d(a)(1); CONN. AGENCY REGS. § 10-76d-7; see also 20 U.S.C. §1412(a)(3) (requires that states identify, locate and evaluate students with disabilities).
Child’s Right to a Treatment PlanC.G.S. 17a-15
Request a Treatment Plan Hearing pursuant to C.G.S. §17a-15c and §17a-15d; and R.C.S.A. §17a-15-1 through 11