Our child advocates believe that everyone deserves a voice, and that all children deserve a safe, loving, and permanent home.
The Peacemaker Program's Child Custody Advocate Program (CCAP) speaks up in court for kids caught up in contentious custody battles. CCAP relies on highly-trained volunteers who are appointed by a family court judge.
In addition, we administer the Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC) program in 14 counties across the state, aiding in making medical decisions for the disabled.
Advocates make a difference to children...
...like 8-year-old “Kelly”. One snowy night in January, Kelly hid in her closet, while her step-father hurled insults and fists at her terrified mother. Kelly heard every word, and flinched with every blow. She knew she was next.
The police came when neighbors called about the commotion at the broken down house on the hill. A caseworker told Kelly, “Grab some clothes and get the car outside- we’ll take you somewhere to stay”. With a backpack of clothes and the blustery wind at her back, Kelly left her home... and her mother. Along with this, Kelly left behind her school, her friends and the only life she knew.
Cindy, a volunteer advocate, was assigned by a Judge to speak up for Kelly.
The Role of CCAP
Child Custody Advocate Program volunteers assist children caught in the middle of difficult custody disputes. The CCAP volunteer does this by looking into the background and current family situation for each child.
The advocate then provides the court with a carefully researched write up of the case, which assists the court in making informed decisions concerning the child’s custody and visitation.