Jill Bicks, a Westport resident and advocate for child welfare, will address the Westport Rotary Club at noon on Jan. 25, at the Inn at Longshore.

Bicks began volunteering as a child advocate in Connecticut in juvenile protection court in 2005. She then was hired to run the program in Stamford Juvenile Court. When the program was threatened with extinction as a result of state budget cuts in November 2009, Bicks sought and received permission from the Connecticut chief judge to continue the program through a start-up nonprofit, Child Advocates of Connecticut, which relies on private, rather than state, funding. She is now the executive director of the new organization.

The cost is a fee of $20 per person for lunch. For information, visit www.westportrotary.org.