Family Advocate

What Is a Family Advocate?

A Family Advocate ensures that children and families get the culturally-sensitive support, education and resources they need to help them overcome the trauma of abuse. 


Each client family is counseled before and after a forensic interview to ensure they fully understand the process. Hope Haven’s Family Advocate guides them through the day at the center and explains the investigation and legal process, in addition to facilitating collaboration among other Social Service organizations involved with the client.

How Does a Family Advocate Help Families?


The Family Advocate listens to caregivers’ concerns and informs them about the dynamics of sexual abuse and the effects of trauma. The Family Advocate plays a critical role in connecting clients with resources in the community to address needs including domestic violence, housing, clothing, food, financial assistance, legal assistance, caregivers’ mental health and medical needs.


They also provide crisis stabilization, complete a screening tool to assess children’s mental health and provide linkages to mental health services as needed.


Family advocates maintain contact with clients on their path to healing and continue to empower them to obtain the resources and services they need to lead healthy lives.

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706 US Hwy 90
Waveland, MS 39576
Tel: 228.466.6395
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