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An Update on our Pediatric Medical Advocacy Program

As of April 2019, The Firecracker Foundation will be closing the Pediatric Medical Advocacy Program.

We launched our PMAT team 6 months earlier than we planned in response to a direct request from area partners MSU Sexual Assault Program and EVE. After it was discovered that the program providing those services had allowed people on the sex offender registry to serve on their crisis line, we stepped up to fill a gap.

Thanks to VOCA funding, EVE will now be able to take the lead on this initiative and provide paid per diem advocates. Advocates will join the Multidisciplinary Team and Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center. We believe that this transition will provide sustainability, consistency, and strong accountability to protect the children in this community and provide them with a high level of care.

For those of you who were hoping to join our Pediatric Medical Advocacy Team, we have good news. You can apply for that position and join a fantastic team at EVE.

The Firecracker Foundation is proud to offer this community a highly trained team of volunteers to advocate for the rights of all child survivors of sexual trauma and their families during their visit with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) at Sparrow Hospital.

The Pediatric Medical Advocacy Team provides medical advocacy services to children and families during specialized medical care and forensic examination after experiencing sexual assault. Firecracker Advocates are volunteers with a range of professional and interpersonal backgrounds including social work students, therapists, grad students, community volunteers with experience working with refugees, foster children, schools, and other nonprofits in the area. They are passionate about the well-being of children and are willing to be on call around the clock. They drop everything to be sure that survivors have a support person at their side while they make important decisions about their next steps towards seeking justice and healing.

The advocate’s responsibility is to listen, to empathize, and to ensure the survivor’s needs are met to the fullest extent possible. Advocates connect children and families with invaluable community resources and services that address the aftermath of sexual trauma and encourage healing and recovery. They also ensure that the patient’s rights are not being violated.