Melissa Gramse, LexisNexis Certified, Volunteer Legal Research Aide
In addition to working with client families, the staff liaises 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, and State Legislators.
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Wendy Smith-Lowe, Secretary
Diane Finkelstein, Treasurer, Board Chair
Joanne McDonald, Member