Posted in: Advocates
Date: April 5, 2020
Who’s our #MondayMotivation? Our MCAP advocates, of course! That’s why we’re shining our spotlight on one of them every Monday during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Our MCAP corps is made up of 140 professional attorneys who donate more than 8,000 hours per year to their cases with child victims of abuse, neglect and trafficking. Once a child is referred to us by the courts, law enforcement, social services, or Mission Kids (our partner that does forensic interviews), we assign that child to an MCAP advocate. From that point on, as the child’s lawyer the MCAP advocate makes sure their voice is heard in the courts and with every social service agency they encounter.
Our first #MondayMotivation MCAP is Melissa Boyd, Esq. Missy not only serves as an MCAP advocate, but also sits on our Board of Directors and our Fundraising Committee. Missy is a partner with High Swartz LLP and concentrates her practice on family law. She has dedicated much of her professional career to preserving the rights of children and their families.
Always ready to take an MCAP case, offer ideas to make MCAP a stronger organization, or help plan a fundraising event, Missy is an amazing member of the MCAP family.
How many children do you think you’ve represented as an MCAP?
Dozens and dozens, probably close to 50 now.
Can you tell us a bit about your most memorable case?
My most memorable case was my first case. I followed this particular client for several years, starting with me representing him in a Protection from Abuse matter and throughout his time in juvenile dependency court that ultimately ended up in his adoption by his foster father. As a result of the abuse and neglect that he suffered at the hands of his parents, his road to adoption included mental health hospitalizations, foster placements, and many permanency review hearings. I consider his story to be a stunning success because he battled through unimaginable heartache and pain, but ended up finding his forever family who loves him unconditionally. He is a true warrior, a hero of his own life in every single sense.
What do you want people to know about your work as an MCAP?
The gratification of being an MCAP is an experience that is difficult to describe. It is amazing. It is such important, life sustaining work. I KNOW unequivocally that each and every touch I have on any one of these children who I represent means something to them. It has impact: it changes lives for the better, in countless ways, usually in big and powerful ways, sometimes in small but still consequential ways, but no doubt in ways that will have positive and hopefully lasting influence in these children’s lives long after my involvement has concluded.
Thank you for sharing a bit about your MCAP work with us, Missy! We are so grateful for you and all that you do for the children we serve.
If you are an attorney and interested in putting your skills to life-saving use as an MCAP, please email our Program Coordinator Patricia Teaford at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on our mailing list for the next MCAP advocate training.
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