Reunification with birth mother:
"Josh and Steve came into care at 3 and 4 years old after their mother failed a drug test for methamphetamine and marijuana. They had been moving around from place to place and did not have regular food to eat. The boys were placed with a relative and thrived under the regular care and discipline. The mother started off very defensive and refused to cooperate. After a few months and some clean drug screens, she started to change her mind. Though she was never happy with the situation she worked her case plan diligently. Before the children came into foster care, their mother had never held a job, never lived on her own, and never had to take care of her boys by herself. When the children were returned to her, she had been clean for over 11 months, had kept the same job for 8 months, and had her own home. The protective order on the case just ran out and she and the boys are doing a great job together!"
Success in every way:
"Renee, Margie, and Cody came into care about a year ago, when their mother's boyfriend was babysitting the children and Cody was burned while taking a bath. While in care, it was discovered that Cody was autistic. The mother was unaware of this at the time, thinking that was just his personality. Renee was placed in therapy early on to help her cope with the adjustment. It was discovered that she was carrying around a lot of stress and anxiety from trying to help her mother cope with her problems. Initially, the children's mother wanted to be upset and indignant about the charges and alleged abuse. Quickly she realized that would not help her children and she threw herself into completing her case plan. She was amazed at the change in all three children over the next few months. After therapy, both girls were happier and acting the way children their age should. Cody was receiving help for his autism and was making progress on potty training and speaking. The mother agreed to see the same therapist and was amazed at how much she was holding her children back and putting her stresses on them. Soon, she was able to make appropriate decisions on childcare options, obtain a drivers license, gain a full time job with a shift while her children were in school, and buy a car. Her attitude, when I came on the case, had changed from angry to grateful and she was genuinely happy and thankful to CASA for helping show her how to get her feet and be the best mom to her children. The children were thriving in her home and her therapist was able to release her from therapy before the protective order ran out. As a CASA it isn't often we see a family make that much progress in such a short time. The growth and development we saw in the children and mother are the results we hope for, but seldom see. We are happy to report the whole family is still on track and thriving!"
How one of our CASA kids found permanency through the work of his CASA Volunteer:
"Thad was placed in foster care and didn't trust anyone. Lots of people were coming to see him, total strangers, why should he trust them? When his CASA Volunteer first came to see him, he wouldn't talk with her. She told him who she was, why she was there. Then she asked him, "Who in your family would you like to live with?" He said, "My grandma." She made a pact with him, "If you try your best at school and here in your foster home, I will try my best to get you to your grandma's home. " After that visit, she visited his grandma and found her to be willing and able to take Thad and that her home was acceptable. With grandma's permission, she took pictures of grandma's home on her phone. When she went to see Thad again, she showed him the pictures and he started to believe that she was trying to help him, he started to trust her. She advocated with DFCS and in court for Thad to be placed with his grandma and was successful. The Judge granted custody to Thad's grandma. He was overjoyed and so grateful to be placed with a family member."
"As a CASA, I learned many lessons from working with Kimberly. We created a strong bond
that even to this day is still there. She came into my life in January 2012 and she taught me many
lessons. She had five different foster homes until she found her forever home. There were times when
things were not what they needed to be with regards to her case plan and I had to reach out to my
supervisor many times to get any type of change. I worked her case hard because she had issues
that needed constant attention and the sense of urgency sometimes was ignored. I believe that the
biggest advocacy I did for her was when we met the adoptive parents and how I was able to answer
most of their questions about Kimberly and since I had such a connection with her. I was able to
advocate for her to be adopted swifter than normal. It was a positive time for both the adoptive parents
and Kimberly. During the adoption proceeding I was so happy for her I was not able to contain the