Some of our telephone hotline clients have written to us expressing gratitude and support for our work on behalf of children. With their approval, we have reproduced some of their comments:
"Thank you for all that you do, and your indefatigable dedication to helping families and attorneys."
-Nicholas Soter, Attorney At Law, San Francisco, 2017
"CASA of Humboldt is in appreciation of all that Jan Sherwood and Advokids do for the children of California who need the expertise you provide and have no other way to get it."
-Steve, CASA, Humbolt, 2017
"Margaret Coyne and Advokids have been very helpful with advice on defacto parents, 388 hearings, prospective adoptive parent status, termination of parental rights, and adoption. We finalized Andrew's adoption with the help of Advokids. Margaret would check on our status and how everything is going. She advised us on forms to take to court and things to say. I highly recommend Advokids and Margaret Coyne to any foster or adoptive parents."
-Mark, Foster Parent, San Diego, 2017
"Your work is changing lives. Thank you for advocating for kids who are not able to do so for themselves. The impact of your work is immeasurable and so is our gratitude."
-Melissa, Los Angeles, 2017
Kate and I would like to share our appreciation and gratitude for your helpful legal advice and unwavering patience. This is a very painful and stressful time for us. Your compassion and guidance are giving us the support and tools we need to negotiate the challenges ahead. Thankfully there are advocates like you all for the love of children and their families."
-Cynthia and Kate, San Francisco, 2017
"As a military family unfamiliar with California Law, your staff was extremely helpful in walking us through the foster care process. Our story is full of many miracles, but we have currently adopted one child and we're within 2 months of adopting our other little guy. We are thankful for the time you took to discuss our case and answer our questions."
-James, Monterey, 2016
"I called Advokids for guidance on what to do to keep a close relationship with my 3-year-old granddaughter, after her mom for the 3rd time lost her due to drug use...Advokids recommended filing a specific form to help the judge understand how close my family relationships with my granddaughter, and hope to continue with these important relationships. I am grateful for Advokids and their input in this matter. Now we hope for a good outcome with the judge.
-Mona, Grandparent, Orange County, 2016
"Jan Sherwood helped me out a lot in a case in which my client, a 17-year-old girl, was not given her 391(e) documents by her parents, who waived FR services. My client wants to get her California ID card from the DMV and can't do it without those documents. Jan Sherwood sent me an email which was very helpful. I spent the entire day today writing a motion that was largely due to Advokids. Thanks!"
-Thomas, Attorney, Imperial County, 2016
"I would like to share our appreciation and gratitude for your helpful legal advice and unwavering patience. This is a very painful and stressful time for us. Your compassion and guidance are giving us the support and tools we need to negotiate the challenges ahead. Thankfully there are advocates like you all for the love of children and their families."
-Kate, Grandmother, San Francisco County, 2016
"Some months ago, you helped my wife Jenni and I with the case of our foster-to-adopt child. I simply wanted to thank you and to let you know that we signed adoptive placement papers this week, and we are anticipating finalizing our son's adoption in the next several weeks. We are very excited! It is a long story of how we got to this point, but suffice it to say that we took all of your advice, we were very proactive in dealing with the bureaucracy, we secured all manner of medical and Regional Center services for him, we received invaluable guidance from our FFA social worker, we actively engaged his attorney (who did what she could to help us, since we consistently acted in his best interest), and we were polite yet insistent with the DCFS social workers to press forward at every turn. Thank you again for your help and for all of your advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children like our son."
- Anthony & Jennifer, Foster Parents, Los Angeles County, 2016
“My family is so grateful for all your help as we began this 3 year process as well as all the work you and your team do on a daily basis for foster children and their families. I am looking forward to snapping our first forever family photo next week and ending our little boy's 4 years in the foster care system.”
–Melanie, Foster Parent, Alameda County, 2015