Many at-risk students come from family situations that do not foster school success. In some instances, a child's caretakers lack the resources needed to provide for the basic needs of their children. In other cases, caretakers may not be supportive of the efforts of the school because they were not successful as students. To such families the advocate provides a less intimidating link to the school. The advocate serves as a conduit to a vast array of community resources for families. Through case management, family needs are assessed, goals are established, and strategies are developed and implemented to eliminate barriers to school success and family self-sufficiency.