'Tell the judge I have a bruise.'
had been in and out of the child welfare system for years. When I met him, he
was living with his father, but the judge wasn't sure whether that was the best
place for him.
Sometimes, Jacob was a typical, happy kid.
Other times, he would fall apart emotionally.
day, he showed me a bruise and wouldn’t tell me how it happened, though I could
tell he wanted to.
am Jacob’s champion. I am his confidant. I speak to the courts on his behalf. I
protect his unalienable rights to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to
live with a family who loves him.
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stand strong for children like Jacob each and every day. You can stand strong
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I got to know Jacob, it became clear his father was not suited to care for him.
Jacob’s mother turned her troubled life around so she could try to regain
custody. When it was time for me to testify on Jacob’s behalf, I asked him if
he had any messages that I should share with the judge.
the judge I want my mother back.”
the judge I have a bruise.”
mom cried as she hugged me after the hearing, saying, "Jacob finally had a
voice in court today.” Jacob and his mom were reunited and now they’re doing
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