Part 3 of Focus on First Witness: Family advocates help caregivers and children navigate the process

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Once a child discloses allegations of abuse, there may be some big changes in their lives.

Caregivers often are navigating some major unexpected hurdles, like loss of health insurance or needing a new place to live.

That’s why family advocates at First Witness are so critical.

Ally Washenesky explained what it is. “My role is to meet the self-identified needs of the caregivers who are experiencing child abuse investigations. There’s a lot of components to that. I get to ask them, what do you need.”

They also support the child and family during medical exams or court hearings.

They hold on to so many stories. But it’s worth it to them. “At the end of the day, families need an individualized response,” she explained. “As an advocate, I’m honored to be part of their healing journey.”

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