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3rd District Juvenile Court
Children's Justice Center
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Legal Aid Society
Utah Attorney General's Office
Voices for Utah Children
Salt Lake City Mayor's Office
                                  Field Training Information (FCS 5920)

Agency/Organization: Children’s Justice Center
Contact Person/Supervisor: Jodi Fait
Phone: 801-569-4384
Address: 8282 South 2200 West West Jordan, Utah                84088
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2 location at 257 11 Avenue SLC, UT 84103
Email: jfait@slco.org
Agency Mission: (reference written information if available)
To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere for children to receive coordinated services during
the child abuse investigation process.
Population Served:
Children and their families who have been victim of physical and sexual abuse.
How are students used in your program? List possible responsibilities.
      Observation of child interviews with law enforcement and CPS.
      Observation of team staffings. This is where cases are screened before the District Attorney for
      charges. This takes place at our centers on Wednesdays.
      Follow up calls to families who had previously been to the center for child interviews.
      Child supervision.
      Various office duties and projects as needed.
Prerequisites for students volunteering with your organization:
(specific backgrounds, interests, classes, skills, etc.)
Must be 18 or older.
Must be able to pass BCI.


Minimum time commitment: ___ hours per week
3 hours per 1 credit hour
Best days and times for field training: We are open Monday – Friday from 8am-5pm.


Students can participate in training: X one semester (15 weeks) X two semesters

Semesters students may participate: X Fall semester (mid-August to mid-December) *
                                    X Spring semester (January to May)*
                                    X Summer semester (Mid-May to August)


Any additional comments:
Excellent opportunity to learn the investigative process of both law enforcement and CPS.
Behind the scenes observation of cases from first referral to final outcome.
                                  The Children’s Justice Center
College students can gain college credits for volunteering at the CJC program by providing support
services to our clients. Students will learn about child abuse investigations as well as how the criminal
justice process works. Interested students must complete a formal application, pass a screening process,
and must pass a mandatory criminal and child abuse background check.

Contact:
Michelle Larsen, Volunteer Coordinator
phone: (801) 569-4384 | email: mllarsen@slco.org


Mission
To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during
the child abuse investigative process.

Who we are
Child abuse is a traumatic and devastating experience for both
children and their families. Victims are often confused and blame
themselves. The Children’s Justice Center (CJC) is a home-like,
child-friendly facility where children receive coordinated services
during the child abuse investigative process by decreasing secondary
trauma that may be caused by the criminal justice and child
protection systems. The CJC is a Salt Lake County government
program administered by the Division of Youth Services within the
Department of Human Services. (Please see our Links page for more information regarding additional
programs provided by Salt Lake County Government.)

What we do
The Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center is an exceptional program, contributing major
advancements in the field of child abuse investigations. The program serves 3,700 people annually and
provides critical assistance with investigations involving sexual abuse, physical abuse, child homicide,
domestic violence related child abuse, abductions, and shaken baby syndrome. The centers are located in
neighborhood settings, decorated like “grandma’s house” and designed to help children feel safe and
comfortable during the interview process. Children visit the center for about one hour while
investigators from law enforcement and child protective services meet with the child and their parents to
obtain statements and provide support. Crisis intervention, advocacy, and referral services are provided
to help the family cope with the aftermath of abuse. Through the coordination services of the Children’s
Justice Center, involved agencies work together to promote the “best interests of the child” in
prosecution and protection proceedings.

Hours of operation
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
                              Field Training Information (FCS 5920)
                                      Internship Information


Agency/Organization: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
                     http://www.utcourts.gov/specproj/casa.htm

Contact Person/Supervisor: Ed Jacobsen

Phone: (801) 578-3898               Email: edj@email.utcourts.gov

Address: Office of the Guardian ad Litem
         450 South State Street, 2nd Floor
         PO Box 140403
         Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Agency Mission: (see here for more information)

How are student uses in your program? List possible responsibilities.
  ∗ Advocate for abused, neglected, and dependent children from birth to 18 years of age who are
      involved in juvenile court cases.
  ∗ Minimum 1 year commitment
  ∗ Meet with the child a minimum of 10 hour per month
  ∗ Conduct an independent investigation, make recommendation, monitor situation at issue, make
      observations
  ∗ Meet with teachers, therapists, case workers, and other parties involved in the case
  ∗ Attend court hearing, reviews, and staffings
  ∗ Assist the Guardian ad Litem attorney in advocating for what is in the best interest of the child

Prerequisites for students volunteering with your organization:
(specific backgrounds, interest, classes, skills, etc.)

Must be 21 years or older and pass background check

Minimum commitment needed from students: 1 year

Best days and times for field training (internship): make you own hours

Students can participate in training: ____ one semester (15 weeks) __X__ two semesters

Semesters students may participate: __X__ Fall semester (mid-August to mid-December)
                                    __X__ Spring semester (January to May)
                                    __X__ Summer semester (mid-May to August)

Any additional comments: We request a one year time commitment and a minimum of 10 hours per
month
                                                   What is CASA?

Each  year over 500,000 children in       home doesn't continue as abuse and          3) to continue to act as a
the United States are thrust into court   neglect at the hands of the system.            "watchdog" for the child
through no fault of their own. Some                                                      during the life of the case,
are victims of violence,                  A CASA worker is a trained                     ensuring that it is brought to
psychological torment or sexual           community volunteer who is                     swift and appropriate
abuse. Others have been neglected or      appointed by a juvenile or family              conclusion.
even abandoned by their own parents.      court judge to speak for the best
Most of them are frightened and           interest of children who are brought    CASA based on child's riqhts
confused.                                 before the court. The majority of a     The CASA concept is based on the
                                          CASA volunteer’s assignments are        commitment that every child has the
Often these children also become          home placement cases where an           right to a safe, permanent home. In
victims of this country's                 abused and neglected child has been     court jurisdictions that have adopted
overburdened child welfare system --      removed for protection from the care    the program, the juvenile or family
a complex legal network of lawyers,       of his or her parents.                  court judge turns to a specially
social workers and judges who                                                     trained pool of CASA volunteers
frequently are too overburdened to        Can anyone volunteer to be a            each time a case involving a child is
give thorough, detailed attention to      CASA?                                   received.
each child who comes before them.         CASA volunteers are ordinary
                                          citizens. No special or legal           The judge appoints a volunteer to the
The consequences can be severe.           background is required. Volunteers      child's case. The volunteer then
                                          are screened closely for objectivity,   becomes an official part of the
A nine-year-old boy is discovered in      competence and commitment.              judicial proceedings, working
a Kentucky foster home so                                                         alongside attorneys and social
malnourished he weighs only 17            What training does a CASA               workers as an appointed officer of
pounds. A child dies in a state-          volunteer receive?                      the court. Unlike attorneys and social
licensed "temporary care" shelter,        CASA volunteers undergo a               workers, however, the CASA
where seven children had been             thorough training course conducted      volunteer speaks exclusively for the
sharing one bedroom for more than a       by the local CASA program.              child's best interests.
year. An 18-year old boy moves out        Training requirements vary from
of his seventh New York foster home,      program to program, but an average      By handling only one or two cases at
unable to read, write or care for         course is approximately 24 hours.       a time (compared to a social agency
himself as an adult.                      Volunteers learn about courtroom        caseworker's average load of 60-90),
                                          procedure from the principals in the    the CASA volunteer has the time to
Annual foster care costs total $6         system -- from judges, lawyers,         explore thoroughly the history of
billion                                   social workers, court personnel, and    each assigned case. The volunteer
These are just three of thousands .of     others. CASA volunteers also learn      talks with the child, parents and
children who will never know what it      effective advocacy techniques for       family members, neighbors, school
is like to have a permanent home --       children, and are educated about        officials, doctors and others involved
with their formative years "lost" in      specific topics ranging from seminars   in the child's background who might
temporary care while the court            on child sexual abuse to discussions    have facts about the case. The
decides their fate. The annual foster     on early childhood development and      volunteer then reviews all records
care bill to the taxpayers is over $6     adolescent behavior.                    and documents pertaining to the
billion, but the cost in human                                                    child. He or she then submits a
potential is even greater. Studies        Volunteer has three roles               formal report to the court
show there is a very good chance          As a child advocate, the CASA           recommending placement: should the
many of the children will end up          volunteer has three main                child stay with his or her parents, be
juvenile delinquents or adult             responsibilities:                       placed in foster care, or be freed for
criminals.                                    1) to serve as a fact-finder for    permanent adoption?
                                                  the judge by thoroughly
Enter the CASA concept. The Court                 researching the background      If the court leaves the child in
Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)                 of each assigned case;          temporary care, the CASA volunteer
program was created in 1977 to make           2) to speak for the child in the    provides continuity by staying on the
sure that the abuse and neglect that              courtroom, representing the     case until it is permanently resolved.
these children originally suffered at             child's best interests;
CASA helps children nationwide
Since its creation in 1977, CASA has         Voices in Support of CASA
had a dramatic impact on the nation's
court system. There are now 710 CASA         "As Chairman of the National Commission on Children, I have observed
programs in all 50 states, Washington,       judges in juvenile courts with a mere 10 to 15 minutes to decide whether a
D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New        child should remain in a distressed family or placed in foster care. With
programs start up at a rate of two per       growing caseloads, it's increasingly difficult for the courts and social
month. Research shows these programs         workers to make the system work for families and children. This is why
utilize more than 42,000 volunteers,         CASA volunteers are so essential. They provide valuable information and
who help an estimated 25 percent of the      insight about individual children. CASA deserves our deep admiration and
nation's abused and neglected children       support."
in dependency proceedings. In 1995,
they worked with approximately                                                    U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV
164,000 children. Local CASA                                           Chairman, The National Commission on Children
programs vary in size and scope from
jurisdiction to jurisdiction.                "We have got to take America back to the point where it puts her children
                                             first; in the family, in the workplace, in everything we do. CASA volunteers,
Programs often differ from one               of all people in America, are doing that. And we now have to take this
jurisdiction to another, with varying        mighty network and carry it further into every community throughout
operating methods and sources of             America."
funding. In all states the CASA
volunteer is a monitor, providing                                                                            Janet Reno,
research and background, and following                                                    United States Attorney General
through on each case to see that the                                                          U.S. Department of Justice
court's recommendations are carried out.                                                                Washington, DC
In some states, the CASA volunteer is a
full party to court proceedings to the       "We cannot underestimate the role of CASA programs in our communities.
extent that he or she may call witnesses     The growing recognition of the role of CASA as an integral part of the
and solicit testimony through the            constituency for children, not only in the Courts, but in the community
services of an attorney.                     which allocates resources and services, should be celebrated. Both the
                                             voices of children and the voices of the volunteers, staff and program
CASA is known at the local level by a        directors of CASA in their own right have led to CASA becoming a key
variety of other names. In San Diego,        player in the network of champions overcoming internal resistance to
CA the Program is called Voices for          system change in the courts, the agencies and in the community."
Children; in Cincinnati, OH, it's ProKids.
One of the Largest CASA programs in                                                           Judge Richard FitzGerald,
the nation is the Florida Guardian Ad                                           Jefferson Family Court, Louisville, KY
Litem program, managed by state                                                             Chair, Permanency Planning
government.                                                                            Project for Children, 1993- 1994
                                                                     National Council of Juvenile 8 Family Court Judges

                                             The National CASA Association, based in Seattle, WA, was established in
                                             1982 to provide a national focus for individual CASA programs, promote
                                             the CASA concept, provide technical assistance to new CASA/GAL
                                             programs, and support with volunteer recruitment, fundraising and public
                                             awareness outreach.

                                             For additional information contact:

                                                       National CASA Association
                                                       100 West Harrison St. North Tower, Suite 500
                                                       Seattle, WA 98119
                                                       Phone: (206) 270-0072 or (800) 628-3233
                                                       Fax: (206) 270-0078
                         UTAH OFFICE OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND CASA

"It is the Guardian ad Litem's duty to stand in the shoes of the child and to weigh the factors as the child would
weigh them if his judgment were mature and he was not of tender years." -J.W.F. v. Schoolcraft

A CASA Volunteer serves as the eyes and ears of the Office of the Guardian ad Litem and the court by
gathering relevant information about the child and the family, and most importantly, getting to know the child-
the one about whom all these decisions will be made.

Office of the Guardian ad Litem and CASA
Each year the Office of the Guardian ad Litem is appointed in over 1,800 new cases which have been filed in
the Utah court system, alleging that children have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. These cases involve
children who need legal representation before the court and coordinate assistance to make sure their needs are
met. On July 1, 1994, Guardian ad Litem attorneys began representing abused and neglected children under
specific statutory guidelines to ensure representation for each child.

It is the court who appoints a Guardian ad Litem. In the juvenile court (child welfare proceedings), Guardian ad
Litem appointments are mandatory in every case where there are allegations of abuse or neglect. The District
Court appointment of the Guardian ad Litem is governed by UCA §78-7-9. In a matter involving allegations of
child abuse, appointment is mandated once a party requests it, in addition, the court may appoint a Guardian ad
Litem on its own.

The creation of the Office of the Guardian ad Litem and passage of the Child Welfare Reform Act in 1994 is
part of a bigger movement to change the way the child welfare system responds, in particular, to children in
foster care. Children should not be raised in foster care. Within 12 months children need to be safely returned
home or another permanent home should be found for them. The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is also appointed to
represent children in custody actions where there are allegations of abuse or neglect, in protective order
proceedings and in some criminal actions in the district courts. Unfortunately there are many children in Utah
who need protection. The Guardian ad Litem attorneys have caseloads ranging from 60 to 290. One attorney
may be responsible to represent over 300 children.

Because of the great number of children in need of Guardian ad Litem representation, the need has increased for
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), who are trained volunteers working with Guardian ad Litem
attorneys in the juvenile court. The CASA volunteer is asked to handle only one case at a time so that intense
time may be spent with the child to obtain factual information to assist the GAL to represent the child's best
interests. We now have CASA volunteers in 7 of the 8 districts, with nearly 300 CASA volunteers
throughout the state. These volunteers spend an average of 8 hours per month on each case that they have
been assigned, with some volunteers spending as much as 30 hours in a given month.

The Guardian ad Litem attorney and CASA volunteer coordinate ideas and plans in a viable partnership to
ensure that the needs of a child are met in that child's best interests

What You Can Do
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers, over the age of 21, to work with abused
and neglected children. We need volunteers to advocate or abused, neglected, and dependent children from birth
to 18 years of age who are involved, through no fault of their own, in juvenile court. We request a one year time
commitment and a minimum of 10-15 hours per month. CASAs conduct an independent investigation, monitor
situations at issue, and make observations and recommendations to the juvenile court through the Guardian ad
Litem attorney. Volunteers meet with teachers, therapists, caseworkers, and other parties involved with the case.
They attend court hearings, reviews, and staffings, and through the Guardian ad Litem attorney, advocate for
what is in the best interest of the child.
History of CASA
The first CASA program serving abused and neglected children was organized in 1977 in King County, Seattle,
Washington. In the following years, word of the success of the King County program spread like wildfire and
similar programs were begun all over the United States.

In 1982, the National CASA Association, Inc. was established to serve as an umbrella organization for the
growing number of programs in the country. National CASA provides information, technical assistance,
research, training, and hosts an annual national conference. Membership in National CASA is open to programs
and individuals throughout the U.S. In 1998 there were 710 CASA/GAL programs in 50 states and in the
District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Some 42,000 men and women are CASA volunteers serving an
estimated 164,000 children annually.

CASA Volunteers are ordinary citizens who care. CASAs are trained by the Office of the Guardian ad
Litem and CASA. CASA volunteers go through 32 hours of training before they take any cases. They are
subject to a criminal background check and a SAFE (Division of Child and Family Services) Check. CASA
volunteers also meet monthly for ongoing training. To volunteer, contact the GAL/CASA Office nearest you.

Art Therapy Program Primary Children's Residential Treatment Center
Because we respect the privacy of our clients, we have used children's art instead of their photographs to
illustrate our report. This artwork was created by children ages 6-14 in the Art Therapy Program at Primary
Children's Residential Treatment Center (many of whom are clients of the Office of Guardian ad Litem). These
Children need long-term psychiatric care in a safe, structured, nurturing environment. Most have suffered
severe emotional abuse and/or physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, or other major loss in their lives. By
using the power of their imaginations and creating artworks, their feelings are made visible, offering insights
into their problems.

The Art Program was initiated in 1990 through a collaboration between Recreational Therapist, Laura Figlia,
and Artist-Educator, Louise Fischman.

THE MISSION OF THE UTAH STATE OFFICE OF THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND CASA
The Office of the Guardian ad Litem is a state office within the Judicial Branch of government which advocates
for the best interest of abused and neglected children within the court system. The Guardian ad Litem attorney
and CASA volunteers work in collaboration with key agencies and community resources to serve as the child's
advocate and represent what is in the best interest of the child in the court. The Office of the Guardian ad Litem
promotes the policies of the Child Welfare Reform Act: that children in foster care not remain in limbo more
than 12 months without a permanency decision. The Office of the Guardian ad Litem and CASA also strives to
assure adequate representation for each child for whom the office is appointed whether or not that child is in
foster care.
                                 Field Training Information (FCS 5920)
                                         Internship Information


Agency/Organization: Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake
                     http://www.lasslc.org/

Contact Person/Supervisor: Summer Croft

Phone: (801)328-8849

Address: 205 North 400 West
         Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Agency Mission:       (see here for more information)

We provide no-cost legal representation to low-income individuals with family law case. Legal Aid
Society also assists adults and children who are victims of domestic violence to obtain a protective order
from the court, regardless of income.

Population Served: Victims of domestic violence and low-income families with domestic violations
(family law) issues.

How are students used in your program? List possible responsibilities.

Students assist in document preparation, client communication-mailings, phone call follow-up, and file
maintenance. Students can also observe client intakes and court proceedings as well as assist in escorting
clients through courthouse to various offices to obtain protective orders.

Prerequisites for students volunteering with your organization:
(specific backgrounds, interests, classes, skills, etc.)

Basic computer skills helpful.

Minimum commitment needed from students: 4 hours per week

Best days and times for field training: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Students can participate in training: __X__ one semester (15 weeks) _X___ two semesters

Semesters students may participate: __X__ Fall semester (mid-August to mid-December)
                                    __X__ Spring semester (January to May)
                                    __X__ Summer semester (mid-May to August)

Any additional comments:
What is Legal Aid Society?               Domestic Violence Victim                  Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a
Legal Aid Society provides no-cost       Assistance Program                        private, nonprofit organization that
legal representation to low-income       The Domestic Violence Victim              provides legal representation to low-
individuals with family law cases.       Assistance Program (DVVA)                 income individuals in the area of
Legal Aid Society also assists adults    provides legal representation to          family law.
and children who are victims of          victims of domestic violence to
domestic violence to obtain a            obtain a civil protective order in Salt               Office Hours:
protective order from the court,         Lake County. This service is                         Monday-Friday
regardless of income. Legal Aid          provided free of charge regardless of              8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Society does not accept criminal         the victim's income. Service is
cases.                                   provided on a walk-in basis during          Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake
                                         our business hours, except on Friday         225 South 200 East, Suite 200
Who Provides the Services?               afternoons. The DVVA staff conducts           Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Legal Aid Society has twenty one         an interview to determine eligibility               (801) 328-8849
staff members, including six             and obtain information, files the                 Fax (801) 359-7359
attorneys and ten paralegals. Legal      necessary documents, and finally
Aid Society also utilizes numerous       represents the victim at court.                Domestic Violence Victim
volunteers, law students, and the                                                             Assistance
support of attorneys and firms who       Domestic Relations Program                         (801) 355-4357
provide pro bono services.               Legal Aid Society's Domestic
                                         Relations Program provides legal          Stewart P. Ralphs, Executive Director
Who Funds Legal Aid Society?             representation for low income                   Annette T. Jan, Counsel
Primary financial support is provided    individuals with family law cases.            Samuel M. Barker, Counsel
by the United Way of the Greater Salt    These services are provided free of          Matthew A. Steward, Counsel
Lake Area, the U.S. Justice              charge. The types of cases that are
Department, the Utah State Bar           handled include:                                    Kimberly Garvin
Foundation, and Salt Lake County             ∗ Divorce                             Director of Development and Finance
Social Services. The remainder               ∗ custody and                                Phone: (801) 578-1204
comes from contributions from                    visitation/paternity
private individuals, foundations, law        ∗ guardianship                            Joanna B. Sagers, Counsel
firms, and local businesses. Legal Aid       ∗ modification of above Orders        Domestic Violence Victim Assistance
Society is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt            ∗ adoption of children                      Phone: (801) 355-4357
organization. Contributions are
welcome and are tax deductible.          If you want to start a case, there is a
                                         waiting list. You can have your name
                                         placed on the waiting list by coming
                                         into the office or by calling the
                                         waiting list coordinator, if you have
                                         been served with papers or feel your
                                         case is an emergency, you may come
                                         into the office and fill out an
                                         application for emergency assistance.
                                Field Training Information (FCS 5920)
                                        Internship Information


Agency/Organization: Utah Attorney General's Office
                     http://attygen.state.ut.us/

Contact Person/Supervisor: Brandi Farmer

Phone: (801) 281-1259

Address: 5272 South College Dr., Ste. 200
         Murray, Utah 84123

Agency Mission:

To assist the Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Council's government affairs committee pass domestic
violence legislation to protect victims and their children and to hold perpetrators accountable for their
actions.

Population Served: State wide network of allies working to protect victims

How are students used in your program? List possible responsibilities.
  ∗ Computer work
  ∗ Networking with telephone trees
  ∗ General office work
  ∗ Primary assisting co-chairs of the legislative committee

Prerequisites for students volunteering with your organization:
(specific backgrounds, interests, classes, skills, etc.)

Interest in Law and computer skills

Minimum commitment needed from students: 4 hours per week

Best days and times for field training: Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Students can participate in training: __X__ one semester (15 weeks) ____ two semesters

Semesters students may participate: __X__ Fall semester (mid-August to mid-December)
                                    __X__ Spring semester (January to May)
                                    ____ Summer semester (mid-May to August)

Any additional comments:
                               Field Training Information (FCS 5920)
                                       Internship Information


Agency/Organization: Voices for Utah Children
                     http://www.utahchildren.org/

Contact Person/Supervisor: Judy Barnett

Phone: (801) 364-1182

Address: 747 East South Temple, Suite 150
         Salt Lake City, Utah 84102

Agency Mission:

(click here for more information)

Population Served: Disadvantaged children of Utah

How are students used in your program? List possible responsibilities.

   ∗   Depending on number of hours in internship, students may:
   ∗   Engage in policy analysis through research and writing
   ∗   Be involved in a particular project, such as legislative advocacy
   ∗   Assist in some aspects of statewide outreach

Prerequisites for students volunteering with your organization:
(specific backgroffnds, interests, classes, skills, etc.)

Juniors, Seniors or graduate students

Minimum commitment needed from students: 10 hours per week

Best days and times for field training: Arranged between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays

Students can participate in training: __X__ one semester (15 weeks) __X__ two semesters

Semesters students may participate: __X__ Fall semester (mid-August to mid-December)
                                    __X__ Spring semester (January to May)
                                    __X__ Summer semester (mid-May to August)

Any additional comments:

Students considered upon written application and accepted only after and interview. We usually accept
only one student at a time so please contact us well in advance.
                                UTAH CHILDREN
                                          MISSION AND SCOPE

Utah Children is a child advocacy organization that speaks out on behalf of the children of Utah and seeks to
improve the lives of children whose families are least able to protect and nurture them.

Utah Children was founded in 1985 by individuals concerned about the plight of children whose parents are
least able to nurture and provide for them. Our goal is to encourage preventive investment in children before
they get sick, get into trouble, drop out of school or suffer family breakdown. Our work complements direct
services for children by providing a bridge between community programs and state policy-making. Rather than
helping families on a case-by-case basis, Utah Children focuses on policies affecting all of Utah's 763,166
children, especially the nearly 93,257 children living in poverty (January 1998 Small Area Income & Poverty
Estimates Program Bureau of the Census.)

Utah Children seeks to:
   ∗ Improve and increase the effectiveness of the public systems charged with the protection of abused,
      neglected and foster children.
   ∗ Assure the provision of children's basic needs: adequate nutrition, health care, child care and monetary
      support from their absent parents.
   ∗ Assure that safe, quality child care is available to all children.
   ∗ Protect our communities and redirect delinquent youth by improving the effectiveness of the juvenile
      justice system.
   ∗ Sustain Utah Children as a solid, cohesive, solvent organization capable of achieving its goals and
      recognized as such in the community.

PRIMARY GOALS
  ∗ Continue the UTAH KIDS COUNT project which began in 1994 with a four year grant from the Annie
    & Casey Foundation in conjunction with project participants: FACT (Families., Agencies, Communities
    Together), and the State Data Center.
  ∗ Nurture Utah Kids Coalition, a consortium of professional organizations and advocacy groups, which
    monitors legislation affecting children.
  ∗ Activate Children's Action Network to respond to critical issues. The network provides factual
    information and alerts child advocates to opportunities to speak out in a timely fashion.
  ∗ Foster action on recommendations developed at periodic conferences and workshops. The
    recommendations encompass health care, mental health, child care, housing and hunger, foster care and
    juvenile justice.
  ∗ Convene special focus seminars and trainings.
  ∗ Publish and distribute annually Measures of Child Well-being, the successor databook to Key Facts
    about Children in Utah.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  ∗ A statewide organization speaking out for the interests of children
  ∗ Coordination of efforts by citizens and service providers advocating for children
  ∗ Advocacy-in-a-Box, a visual and oral presentation educating thousands of Utahns about making a
    difference for children • Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships, Utah's children's rights handbook
  ∗ Annual data book, now~ a standard resource for decision makers
  ∗ Statewide advocacy conference in. 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1.995 and 1996
  ∗ Convener of stakeholder forums on child welfare and on child care
   ∗   KIDS COUNT grantee for State of Utah
   ∗   Improved outcomes for at-risk children
                 cost-of-living increase for children on public assistance
                 treatment of handicapped infants and toddlers
                 reforms in child welfare services and foster care program
                 more child welfare workers
                 expanded guardian ad litem program
                 establishment of office of child care
                 lower child/provider ratios in child care
                 increased training for child care providers
                 increased health services for children in low-income families
                 better collaboration among state agencies

OPERATIONS
The work of Utah Children is guided by a board of trustees representing a wide range of backgrounds and
expertise. Staff is responsible for program activities, and volunteers assist with list maintenance, mass mailings,
files, and accounts receivable. University interns are placed periodically at Utah Children. Ad hoc committees
are convened as needed to study, to consult and to advise the board and staff on pertinent government issues
affecting families and children and to recommend actions and strategies for improving services to children and
their families.

METHODS
    Research - Identification of issues; policy analysis
    Education - Sharing factual information and issue analysis
    Publications - Quarterly newsletter and topical publications
    Legislative Reports - Printed reports and presentations
    Speakers Bureau - Presentations tailored to groups' interest
    Advocacy Consultation - Helping others to develop effective strategies
    Networking - Providing bridges for the media, organizations, individuals
    Recognition - Annual award for outstanding service to children

FUNDING
Operating revenues come from individual memberships, foundation grants: corporate contributions, special
events and publications sales. Some operating needs are met by in-kind contributions.
                               Field Training Information (FCS 5920)
                                       Internship Information


Agency/Organization: Salt Lake City Mayor's Office, City and County Building

Contact Person/Supervisor: Yolanda Fancisco-Nez

Phone: 535-7704               Email: yolanda.francisco-nez@slcgov.com

Address: 451 South State, Room 306
         Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Agency Mission:

Our mission is to place students in a workplace setting that allows them to gain experience within city
government. The goal of the program is to expose students to the many facets of public policy and
management through a structured schedule and participation in unique professional development
activities.

Population Served: We serve a population of approximately 180,000 constituents

How are student uses in your program? List possible responsibilities.

Interns may conduct research, perform analysis and exercise independent judgment in a technical or
professional field. An intern may be trained to coordinate a procedure or special program under the
direct supervision designated supervisor; exercises independent judgment with guidance of a supervisor.

Prerequisites for students volunteering with your organization:
(specific backgrounds, interest, classes, skills, etc.)

 Qualifications include a student who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program from
an accredited college/university, able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, possess
computer skills, analyze and problem solve and comply with city government procedures

Minimum commitment needed from students: 15 hours per week

Best days and times for field training (internship): Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Students can participate in training: ____ one semester (15 weeks) __X__ two semesters

Semesters students may participate: __X__ Fall semester (mid-August to mid-December)
                                    __X__ Spring semester (January to May)
                                    __X__ Summer semester (mid-May to August)

Any additional comments:

								
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