How A Child Advocates’ Program Helps Vulnerable Children Find a Safe Home Sooner | Podcast Episode 9

Posted on January 31st, 2022

A child who has faced abuse or neglect can spend a year or more in the child welfare system, often awaiting court trials that will determine their future. Hear about a life-altering program we launched for children, years ago, to help them find a safe and secure home sooner.

And we are honored to help serve more children across Indiana in new ways. A state agency has selected our agency to help children connect to its mental health services. Learn more in our latest podcast.





  • 2:37 – Cindy Booth discusses a new, wonderful opportunity for Child Advocates to serve more children in new ways – statewide – helping children access services that can address their mental health
  • 4:34 – The foundational piece of everyone who works at Child Advocates – Our goal
  • 6:00 – How Child Advocates has been a systems’ changer – creating a mediation program in the child welfare system that helps children find a safe home sooner and how that program started and helped change the culture of the child welfare system
  • 9:00 – Phyllis Armstrong explains how the Mediation Program works and how it brings all parties, involved in a child’s case, together
  • 13:00 – How mediation helps parents get more ‘buy-in’ on the decisions impacting their children even if they are sometimes losing their parental rights; why it’s critical for them to have a voice
  • 19:10 – How the child welfare system seeks reunification with the parents, most often, and how the system offers services to help parents overcome obstacles so children can return to their care
  • 22:50 – At the heart of the work Child Advocates: The kids and what mediation means to their future
  • 28:30 – The Power of Mediation – A touching story of Mediation’s impact with a family that was adopting children from a troubled mother. How the adopted family overcame stereotypes, saw the mother’s humanity, and made room for the children to stay connected with their mother
  • 37:00 – How Child Advocates hopes to expand its’ Mediation Program across the state
  • 40:00 – How Child Advocates stands up for justice and race equity for all children, including “Interrupting Racism for Children” and how you can get involved. Your Voice. Their Future.

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