Michael (7 years old) was removed from his parents’ home when police found visible injuries…
Caleb was six months old when he was placed into foster care with a caring relative. Both of Caleb’s parents abused Methamphetamines, and Caleb was born drug-affected. He had a hard time sleeping because his muscles were tightly wound from the drugs, and once in foster care he began physical therapy.
Andrea was appointed to be Caleb’s CASA volunteer. She visited him regularly and monitored everything going on in his life, talking to counselors and researching the effects of Meth on infants. Child Welfare wanted to close Caleb’s case early on, but Andrea was adamant that his parents needed more time to become stable. The court agreed with Andrea. This extra time was critical in helping the mother and father to build their circles of support and mature as parents.
Caleb’s mother and father did everything the court asked of them. They successfully completed drug treatment and remained sober. They took parenting and anger management classes. The mother secured a steady job, and the father is now going to college to become a drug and alcohol counselor.
Andrea observed the strong bond between Caleb and his parents during supervised visits. She praised the parents’ progress and advocated in court that Caleb be returned to their care. Now at nearly two years old Caleb is back with his parents, and is healthy, happy, talking and well-adjusted.
NOTE: Caleb’s story is real, but his name and picture have been changed to protect his identity.