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          PLAYING UnPHILtered: How To Become A Child Advocate

          UnPHILtered: How To Become A Child Advocate

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          April 11, 2018

          Jen and Josh admit that their two-and-a-half year relationship has been filled with fights and arguments. Both admit to getting physical with the other – sometimes in front of their children. But they both say they love each other, and Jen even says she would marry Josh tomorrow.

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          After the show, Dr. Phil talks about the many types of child abuse. And, he shares how you can become an advocate to help children who are in the foster care system.

          “Child abuse includes neglect, and neglect includes many categories, like, if you’re failing to take a child to the doctor; you’re failing to get a child to school; you’re putting a child in harm’s way; you’re subjecting them to something that is detrimental to them like a violent, volatile home,” Dr. Phil explains.

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          He also points out that if a child is taken out of the home due to abuse, he or she is often placed into foster care, which Dr. Phil calls a “broken system.” That’s why Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin, have become national spokespersons for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). A CASA goes through training to become an advocate for children in the foster care system, so they don’t slip through the cracks.

          “You walk that child through the system, and you check on that child, so they don’t windup in a closet on a hard floor not getting fed,” Dr. Phil says.

          “I’ve had family court judges tell me that the CASA volunteer report that they turn in the night before the child is in court is the first report that a family court judge will read because he considers that the most important report on that child,” Robin adds.

          There are 500,000 foster kids in America right now who don’t have a CASA. If you’re interested in becoming a CASA, visit: CASAForChildren.org.

          This episode airs Wednesday. Watch more here.

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