The Legal Eagles Guide for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Part III: Soaring for Advocacy and Justice
It is inevitable that a Children’s Advocacy Center’s involvement with children who are suspected victims of child abuse will involve legal matters. A thorough understanding of the legal issues that routinely arise and that affect CACs and their ability to provide services cannot be fully understood and appreciated without legal counsel. There are legal issues triggered by the simple act of a CAC opening a file. As the case progresses, the legal issues often expand exponentially. Ultimately, decisions made that affect the health, welfare and future of a child will be decided in a courtroom or other legal processes leading up to the courtroom.
When Andrew was on the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia Board of Directors, he noticed that many of the Children’s Advocacy Centers in Georgia did not have qualified legal counsel to assist them in their legal needs related to legal cases which involved them. Upon further research, Andrew found that many Children’s Advocacy Centers across the United States were in the same situation. So in 2008, he began researching legal cases that impacted CACs, and provided written summaries of those cases to CAC professionals in Georgia. Pretty soon, CAC professionals in other states found out about the free service, and requested to be added to the list. Now, there are 900 professionals affiliated with Children’s Advocacy Centers who are on Andrew’s listserv across the country.
The articles written and sent to CAC professionals and those affiliated with CACs make up a collection of four books:
1. 2009 book, The Legal Eagles of Children’s Advocacy Centers: A Lawyer’s Guide to Soaring in the Courtroom; http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0057193049/The-Legal-Eagles-of-Childrens-Advocacy-Centers.aspx
2. 2010 book, The Legal Eagles Guide for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Part II: Soaring Confidently in the Courtroom; http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0071853049/The-Legal-Eagles-Guide-for-Childrens-Advocacy-Centers-Part-II.aspx
3. 2012 book, The Legal Eagles Guide for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Part III: Soaring for Advocacy and Justice; http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0090563050/THE-LEGAL-EAGLES-GUIDE-FOR-CHILDRENS-ADVOCACY-CENTERS-PART-III.aspx
4. 2014 book, The Legal Eagles Guide for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Part IV: Soaring Higher for Children and Families; http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0144663050/THE-LEGAL-EAGLES-GUIDE-FOR-CHILDRENS-ADVOCACY-CENTERS-PART-IV.aspx
Today, Andrew continues to send out Legal Letters to his "Legal Eagles." He also is a frequent trainer at the state, regional and national levels. CACs and their statewide organizations can contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule trainings, or inquire about the "Legal List" listserv.
“Andrew Agatston just keeps on going. He has been our attorney at SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center for 12 years, but he continues to provide invaluable information to CACs across the county through his List Serv, his books and his trainings. This book is another valuable resource to those who work on behalf of children who allege physical or sexual abuse. -- Jinger Robins, MA, Executive Director, SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Marietta, Georgia