A Strong Voice
On any given night there are approximately 10,000 kids in foster care in Washington State. Many of them were raised in abusive homes with parents who failed to provide for their needs. Their most basic interests—where they will live and go to school, how they will be safe and cared for—are often at stake in court proceedings.
These children need a voice—someone with both a heart for the abandoned and a strong legal foundation. For years, Paul Graves has been that voice.
In this new ad, "A Strong Voice," Paul introduces himself and shares about his pro bono legal practice representing foster kids in trial court. Vanessa Allen, a Volunteer Foster Advocate, tells of a particular case she worked on with Paul involving multiple children and parental neglect. "These children needed a strong voice in court, and Paul gave that to them."
For his work, Paul was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by King County's leading foster youth advocacy organization.
"I'm proud of the work I've done for Washington's most vulnerable. I want to bring that same compassion and dedication to Olympia," said Graves.
Background on Foster Care Children in the United States: