Tara, only two years old, has spent the last nine months in foster care. She was born to a teenage mother, and her father’s identity was never confirmed. Tara’s mother had been a foster child herself with parents who had abused drugs.
When Tara was just over a year old, the police were called to her mother’s home to investigate noise complaints. They found drug use and domestic violence were occurring in front of Tara. Tara was placed into foster care with a relative.
Jennifer was appointed to be Tara’s CASA volunteer. Jennifer visited Tara regularly, and made sure Tara received all necessary services: a developmental screening, mental health assessment, and up-to-date vaccinations. Jennifer observed visits between Tara and her mother, and noted that Tara’s mother was very affectionate with her daughter. But the mother struggled with drug abuse, and could not commit to treatment. After several months, Tara’s mother relinquished her parental rights.
Fortunately, Tara’s relative foster parent was loving, safe and stable. The relative decided to adopt Tara. Tara continues to do well as she settles in permanently with her adoptive family.
NOTE: Tara’s story is real, but her name and picture have been changed to protect her identity.