Parents typically serve as their children's primary academic advocates, providing oversight, support, and intervention when necessary. However, many children—particularly those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems—lack responsible adults in their lives to guide their educational progress. Without appropriate help and direction, these children struggle in the classroom and are often academically left behind. Sadly, these children and youth are subject to higher drop-out rates and face disciplinary action at a much higher rate than their peers.
When the Juvenile Court determines that a parent is not responsibly advocating for his/her child's educational progress, it can terminate or suspend the parent's educational rights—but only if the Court has identified a responsible adult willing to hold those rights. Sometimes a child's foster parent, court appointed special advocate, relative, or family friend will agree to hold educational rights—but for many children, no such responsible adult willing to serve as educational rights holder can be identified.
CAI has developed a program to recruit, train, and oversee adults who are interested and eligible to serve as educational rights holders for local children in need. As an educational rights holder, you will be able to directly impact a child’s life. With training and guidance provided by CAI, you will learn how to support, encourage, and advocate for children who need academic guidance. Educational rights holders are appointed by the Court to represent a child in all aspects of his or her academic life. Most importantly, as an educational rights holder, you will get to know a child in need on a personal level, creating change and instilling hope for a better future.
For more information, please view the program brochure, complete the application form, and/or contact CAI at firstname.lastname@example.org.