Advocacy means working to ensure that all of your rights, interests, and viewpoints are considered when decisions are made that affect your well-being. Advocates help to make this happen. The decision-making remains with your guardian and/or caseworker, but it is an advocate’s responsibility to try to assist you in resolving any issues that you are worried about.
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Sometimes you might feel powerless or unsure 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. Advocates can help in these types of situations!
This means much more than just talking loudly or 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.
Advocates 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 their rights and work to ensure that all of their interests are considered during decision-making.)
Call us to find out if you can speak with an advocate.