Our ultimate goal at CASA is to help each child find a safe, permanent and loving home as quickly as possible, but success can mean many different things to children who find themselves in foster care. Take the stories of Jackson and Sophia.
Seven-year-old Jackson was removed from his home just before Christmas in 2016. His mother’s addiction to methamphetamines affected her ability to keep him safe. However, his CASA recognized early on that his mother saw losing custody of her child as a wake-up call, and wanted things to change. The CASA worked closely with her, encouraging her to continue with addiction treatment and advocating for DHS to facilitate more frequent family visits. Jackson is happily back with his mom now, and she credits her success to her CASA for believing in her.
Sophia was just a baby when her parents were arrested on allegations of severe physical abuse. The judge eventually terminated their parental rights, and Sophia was eligible for adoption. Even though the case hit roadblocks—and she moved from foster home to foster home and through several DHS caseworkers—the CASA volunteer persistently found ways to move the process along, as well as weighing in on prospective adoptive parents. Her persistence payed off the day she witnessed Sophia meeting her adoptive parents and got to hear her say “mama” for the first time. Sophia is now thriving with her forever family. One child was reunited with a parent, and the other was adopted. Each of them found a safe, permanent home more quickly because they had a CASA volunteer advocating on their behalf.
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