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Angela Orkin

Angela has been working in the child advocacy field for over 18 years.  She first worked at KidsVoice in Pittsburgh representing children in dependency court.  After moving to Florida, she became the first executive director of the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office, and substantially increased the number of children represented.  For this work, she received the National Association of Counsel for Children's Outstanding Legal Advocate Award.  Angela has consistently brought new funding to child serving organizations by lobbying for state funds, pursuing grants from foundations, and designing campaigns for individual donors.  Now living in Atlanta, Angela consults with statewide child advocacy agencies and non-profits.

William Booth

 

Bill has been practicing juvenile law for 17 years.  He has been recognized for his innovative approach to representing children with complex legal needs including those with severe mental health and behavioral issues.  Bill also works on committees seeking systemic change of the foster care system.  He has authored several articles on representation and has trained children's lawyers on his approach to getting children home.  He was honored with the Attorney Hero Award for his work with children who were victims of sex trafficking.  Bill currently represents both parents and children in New York.  

John Walsh

 

John has been representing children for over 20 years and is a co-creator of the Foster Children's Project, a recipient of the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.  He has spoken and written on foster children's rights nationally and was featured in the book "Democracy's Local Heroes" for his work with foster children.  When John isn't recording the podcast or otherwise trying to spread the word that advocacy has the power to transform child welfare, he can be found running the Juvenile Advocacy Project and Foster Children's Project in West Palm Beach.

Jim Walsh

 

Jim  has been representing foster children for over 20 years and is a co-creator of the Foster Children's Project, a recipient of the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.   He has spoken and written nationally on the subject of child representation.   Jim has a special interest in helping kids heal by finding their passion and letting them pursue it.  When Jim is not representing foster children in court, he can be found travelling, observing the practice of children's advocacy.