HOUSTON AREA WOMEN'S CENTER Court Advocate (77019) in HOUSTON, Texas
Court Advocate will provide information, support and accompaniment services to child survivors of sexual and family violence, child witnesses and their families. Oversee Court Services in the absence of the Manager and provide additional support to staff regarding training and case advocacy. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - Provide information and support to families participating in the Criminal Justice System. - Provide crisis intervention to families, as needed. - Provide updates on criminal case status to parents/guardians. - Conduct home & office visits with children in preparation for court. - Provide age-appropriate court orientation to children who may testify in court. - Provide accompaniment to children and their families to the District Attorney s Office. - Provide court accompaniment for children and families. - Refer families to appropriate health and social service agencies to obtain additional services as needed. - Assist with and process applications for Crime Victims Compensation for families. - Liaison with other Criminal Justice professionals. - Develop and maintain professional working relationships within the Criminal Justice System, with referral sources and other significant professionals. - Keep current a comprehensive list of referral resources available to clients. - Staff office as assigned and participate in case review as needed. - Assist with field training of new staff/interns. - Assist with coordination of special projects that benefit clients. - Attend agency all staff meetings and other appropriate meetings. - Advocate at other agencies on behalf of children and women. - Work towards constantly improving skills/knowledge related to job duties by seeking appropriate workshops, seminars, and conferences. - Evaluate services to clients and make recommendations to Manager. - Work cooperatively with other staff to ensure optimal utilization of resources and efficient management of the program. - Oversee program in the absence of the Manager. Qualifications: - Bachelor s degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology or Child & Family Development. - Minimum 1 year of relevant experience working with abused/traumatized children in the legal system. - Experience in Microsoft Office. - Possess a valid Texas driver s license and reliable means of transportation. Candidates must pass background check. Due to the nature of the employer's business, company policy requires that candidates with a certain class or types of convictions will not be considered for employment.