Ashley, David & Olivia’s Story

Ashley (5), David (3) and Olivia (1) have safely returned to the care of their parents after a year in foster care. The family had been homeless, living in motels and camping, and the parents were violent toward one another. The children were underweight from neglect. Ashley had several decaying teeth that had to be repaired.

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Mary Stays Constant for Four Kids

The work of a CASA volunteer is not easy. Sometimes, it can even feel like pushing a boulder uphill. But when the boulder gets stuck, the CASA volunteer has the tools to look for a different route and steadily keep pushing. Because that volunteer may be the only constant force moving the boulder toward that critical outcome at the top – a healthy child in a safe and permanent home, as soon as possible.

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Alma’s Volunteer Corner: Waiting

April9Just like any other job, some weeks you’re just waiting to get the ball back in your court. For me, that was this week in my CASA role:

  • I sent an email to my CASA kids’ foster parents checking-in on scheduling a home visit – waiting for a response.
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Jack, Ethan & Emma

After more than four years in foster care, Jack (9), Ethan (7) and Emma (5) have been adopted into their “forever home”. Their CASA volunteer David said they are bonded with their adoptive parents, and are “blooming in their new home, with…

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Jack, Ethan & Emma’s Story

Jack_Ethan_EmmaAfter more than four years in foster care, Jack (9), Ethan (7) and Emma (5) have been adopted into their “forever home”. Their CASA volunteer David said they are bonded with their adoptive parents, and are “blooming in their new home, with happiness in their hearts.”

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Alma’s Volunteer Corner: Home Sweet Forever Home

DrawingofMeA safe home filled with laughter, fun Halloween costumes, backyard birthday parties, sweet bedtime stories and lots of love is a great set up for any family. And my CASA kids have that and more. They are going to be adopted by their foster parents who are beaming with joy to have these amazing kids.

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Arianna, 6 months old

6montholdArianna, only six months old, is in foster care waiting for a CASA volunteer. She was only 4-1/2 pounds when she was born full term. Arianna’s esophagus was not attached, and at 3 days old she had to have surgery. Feeding continues to be a challenge for her. Part of her spine is missing, causing scoliosis, and doctors are concerned about her future ability to walk.

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Alma’s Volunteer Corner: Navigating a New Case

compass2I’m entering uncharted territory. Ok, that sounds a little self-centered. Every new case is unchartered territory for the respective CASA volunteer. Today I made a decision that will help me expand my comfort zone and make me a more seasoned CASA volunteer. I agreed to help more kiddos by taking on another CASA case. It deals with children in an age category of which I am unfamiliar. All the feelings of being scared and nervous and worried about doing a good job for the kids in the case are coming back. My supervisor and peer coordinator picked me for this case because they felt I would be a good fit for this family.

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