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Volunteer lawyers support and protect frightened, overwhelmed children as they navigate the court system.
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Currently, about 202 lawyers donate their time as child advocates. Since the project’s inception, lawyer advocates have helped 3,152 children throughout the county, according to Pat Teaford, program coordinator.
The program deserves support and promotion as a role model for other counties and as a resource for children.
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