The Advocate

John 14:15-31       In this time when both Dan and I have been working from home, it is hard not to overhear one another’s zoom meetings in a small house! Dan works for Court Appointed Special Advocates in Baltimore County– CASA—a non-profit organization which trains community volunteers to advocate for children in foster care, from babies right up to those about to turn 21 years of age. Without seeing any faces, I have had an insider’s ear to the work of these volunteers who commit to hours of training, sometimes getting a severe lack of welcome and appreciation from the child they are advocating for. They are struggling with how to be creative with ways to reach out to a child they can not physically see in this pandemic time, working hard at advocating for the child’s well-being with a variety of service providers and through the legal system.
The word “advocate” comes to us from the legal field—our English word is directly from a Latin word meaning to add a voice, to speak up in support of a cause or a person. Continue reading “The Advocate”