What are we measuring?
This measure tracks the average number of cases in the Office of the Child Attorney open during each quarter. Each case represents a court proceeding involving child abuse or neglect. Children lack the capacity to speak for themselves in court proceedings and need someone else to speak and act on their behalf. The Office of the Child Attorney exists to ensure that children have access to adequate and effective child advocate attorneys.
Why are we measuring it?
Each child advocacy attorney is able to effectively manage only so many cases at one time. If the number of cases increases to the point where attorneys cannot be effective advocates, the children may not receive the best representation.
How are we doing?
The Office reached its target for 2017 by keeping the number of cases open at the end of each quarter below 880 cases and finishing the year with 780 cases.