Parent Advocacy
 
A Better Way operates two successful Parent Advocacy programs aimed at providing one-on-one advocacy and mentoring to families currently involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. The goals of the Parent Advocacy programs are to increase the reunification rate for child welfare system-involved families and reduce out-of-home placement and support reunification post-placement for youth in the Juvenile Probation system.
 
These programs employ parents who have prior personal experience with Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice to act as peer mentors, supporting families in understanding and navigating the system. They attend Team Decision Making and Child/Family Team meetings, court hearings (in San Francisco county), and other appointments as requested by the parents.  They provide referrals to drug and alcohol treatment programs and help with finding resources for needs including housing, food, education, and employment.  They also help advocate within the education, medical and other systems.  Parent Advocates act as a bridge for families to the services and systems with which they interact, supporting families to understand systems and supporting those in the systems to better understand families.