Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

300 Convent StreetSan Antonio, TX 78205


About

A Child Advocate is an adult who volunteers to spend time with, and advocate on behalf of, an individual unaccompanied immigrant child while he or she is subject to immigration proceedings. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds. Advocates must be at least 21 years old and be fluent in Spanish.

Before being assigned, Advocates are required to complete a two-day training session on child development, communicating with children, U.S. immigration law and issues facing unaccompanied immigrant children. Once assigned to an individual child, each Advocate receives continuous training, support, and supervision from the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

*Our next two day training will take place on September 9th and 10th in San Antonio,TX*

As a Child Advocate, you commit to:

-Visit with the child once a week during the duration of their shelter/facility stay, typically around 2 months.

- Help the child think through options and decisions.

- Accompany the child to court hearings and other important meetings and interviews when available

- Conduct research on the child’s situation in his or her home country.

- Draft a written report regarding best interest recommendations.

- Maintain communication with the Young Center staff, the child’s Case Manager at the shelter and the child’s attorney.

- Advocate for the best interest of the child.

Skills

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hr a week, for an average of 2-3 months per case
  • Spanish fluency preferred

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