OCYA Advocates work to ensure that all of a your rights, interests, and viewpoints are considered when decisions are being made that affect your well-being. The decision-making remains with your guardian and/or caseworker, but it is the Advocate’s responsibility to assist you to try to resolve any issues that you are worried about.
Sometimes you might feel powerless or uncertain when dealing with government systems. You may even fear that if you speak up you could get into trouble or you might not be taken seriously. These types of situations are when an Advocate can help!
This means much more than simply repeating your words. It is about having an Advocate stand beside you and ensuring that there is an opportunity for you to be fully heard.
An Advocate can assist you by:
Based on your wishes, and the advocacy strategies you have agreed upon, an Advocate may:
(If a young person is not able to express their views, an Advocate can still become involved to protect his or her rights and work to ensure that all of their interests are considered during decision making.)
Call an Intake Worker to find out if you can speak with an Advocate.