A year ago, I began advocating for a 15 year old teen girl. I’ll call her Amanda. The trauma this young woman went through was, as her lawyer said, “the worst situation he had seen in his 20 plus years working these kinds of cases.” Many aspects of Amanda’s past were so horrific that even a Hollywood producer would reject the story as unbelievable.
This week my CASA tasks are a little different than the typical routine. I’m on a mission to find my CASA kid a new pair of shoes. Because she is an active teen, her current pair is worn and uncomfortable.
Three sisters, Sara (14 years old), Allison and Kaitlyn (4-year-old twins) have been removed from their mother’s home and brought into foster care. The girls’ safety was in danger due to their mother’s criminal activity, drug use and neglect.
I did not expect to hear the voice of my CASA kid on the other line.
Christina is a funny, energetic, confident and smart 5-year-old. After living since birth in the same foster home, she has joyously been adopted by her foster parents.
Bryce, a 4 month old baby boy, was taken into foster care when he tested positive for methamphetamines and opiates at birth.
This hearing was for Danny. He is going to be adopted by his current foster family. His brother, Sam, is developmentally delayed and is going to be in permanent foster care with the same foster family to ensure that the siblings remain together and that Sam can continue to get services he needs.
When people find out you are a CASA volunteer, they often express their gratitude for your advocacy or they reflect on how “strong” or you are because they couldn’t handle dealing with the unfortunate situations and issues that face your CASA kids. I used to be like that.