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Meet Lindsey Stocks – SCAN’s new CAC Family Advocate
Lindsey Stocks recently joined the SCAN Child Advocacy Center team as the part-time Family Advocate. She took the role on from Audrey who worked at the CAC first as our intern and then as the Family Advocate.
Lindsey received her Master’s Degree from Radford University and has worked as an Intensive In-Home Counselor, Treatment Foster Care Social Worker, and a Manager of Program Development for a non-profit agency. She is excited to be closer to family as she and her adorable dog, Cooper, recently moved to the Richmond area from Roanoke.
Lindsey first became familiar with the work of Child Advocacy Centers through one of her foster care cases in a previous job. She followed the child through the process of visiting the Child Advocacy Center and eventually taking the case to court, recognizing that the role of the CAC was so crucial in ensuring the child was only interviewed one time.
As the Family Advocate at SCAN’s CAC, she now provides support to nonoffending caregivers while the child is talking with a forensic interviewer. “SCAN acknowledges that this process affects the whole family, which is really important.” Lindsey provides a judgment-free, listening ear to the caregivers who may not always have an outlet to talk about their feelings or ask questions. Lindsey shared that the caregivers’ own trauma history often comes out in family advocacy appointments. The Family Advocate provides the family with resources to ensure they feel knowledgeable about the process, to help them better understand the trauma their child is experiencing and symptoms they may see in their child, and to aid them in being a support for their child as their family deals with the traumatic events that have occurred and works toward healing. The Family Advocate is also part of the multidisciplinary team, which brings all service providers involved in the case (law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, medical services and victim advocacy) together to better serve the needs of the child.
The Family Advocate also serves as an ongoing support, checking in weekly after the forensic interview. The Child Advocacy Center strives to serve any child that needs services, regardless of barriers such as ability to pay, language, transportation, etc. Lindsey shared that CAC staff will set up an interpreter for the forensic interview if needed and work through tools such as Language Line to be able to offer the same check-in calls and support to these caregivers.
Lindsey’s role as Family Advocate is crucial to empowering nonoffending caregivers to build resilience in themselves and their children.