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Defenders of Children delivers services and employs without regard for race, religion, color, sex, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please email our Civil Rights Contact, at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Consultant and Instructor
|Administration||Carol A. Jacobson|
|Family Physician||Claire Bowey, MD|
David M. Lujan
Betty H. McRae
Child Advocacy 101
In addition to working with client families, the staff liaisons with other non-profit organizations, such as residential treatment centers, along with state and county officials concerned with children's welfare. Defenders of Children works with families to provide information and referrals, and social services including trauma-informed, free counseling for victims. Defenders offers legal services for client-families that meet our criteria, and possible forensic and expert witness services when children and their families have exhausted available resources through public service groups, and yet the children still remain at risk (see Family or Legal Services). Defenders of Children also interfaces as needed with such agencies as the Attorney General’s Office, AZ State Bar, Family and Juvenile Courts, the Department of Child Safety (DCS formerly CPS), and State Legislators.
Defenders of Children may provide family support such as mediation, supervision, therapeutic intervention (aka reunification) and education advocacy with our own in-house team of qualified professionals when there is a compelling evidence that a child is at risk or family finances are exhausted.
|Board Chair||John McAlister|
Donnalee Sarda, LPC
Members at Large
Annette Heasman, R.N.
Behavioral Health Specialist
Defenders of Children