Success Stories

Ryan’s Story

Edith started working with her CASA kiddo Ryan at the beginning of the pandemic making it so that they could not meet in person. Edith started trying to think of ways to connect with Ryan, she talked with his foster mother, and sent a care package with a card, books, and a game for his brother to play. Ryan…

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Kamillah and Casey

Kamillah and Casey have been involved with the Department of Children and Families for nearly a dozen years. Parental rights were terminated in 2009 following a lengthy history of abuse, medical neglect and poor supervision as a result of substance abuse. Sadly, Kamillah and Casey again became involved with DCF following the disruption of their adoption by…

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CASA Volunteer Andy

Andy was assigned to a 13-year-old boy who is currently living in a residential placement. Andy has been able to connect collaterals that were not in communication prior to his involvement and has helped relay important information regarding placement opportunities for his CASA child. By communicating with the child’s attorney, he was able to put…

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Mel’s Story

One of our fabulous CASAs, Suzanne, has been working with her kiddo, a fourteen-year-old girl we’ll call *Mel, since last July and has come to be a great support for her. Through the last ten months Mel has run from multiple STARR and Residential programs following her removal from her grandparents’ home due to abuse by…

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Jose’s Story

Jose became involved with the court after a Child Requiring Assistance was filed by his high school for truancy. A CASA was requested and appointed in late spring of 2019 to assist Jose and his family with issues surrounding his school attendance. During all of the CASA’s visits and communication with Jose, he was very…

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Let’s Stay Connected

“She is doing well and came out of her room after having a chat with the CASA,” reported a father to the child’s Probation Officer. The father was talking about Yani, his 14-year-old daughter who is struggling with depression and who often stays in her room for days without any communication. Yani has never met…

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The Feeling of Hope

The quarantine has raised so many challenges for our CASA families, and CASA’s have gone to great lengths to continue to support their kids and families. Among these local heroes is one amazing CASA who has led 10 Zoom tutoring sessions with a 9th grade teenager who has an IEP and has been struggling in…

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From a CASA Volunteer

I work with an 11-year old boy, and as our relationship has evolved, so too have our monthly outings. Initially we would take a walk to the nearby playground or library, and that was easy and nice. But I kept thinking I could do more to make the most of our time together. As we…

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Meet Keylara

Keylara has been in and out of residential treatment centers and Foster Care placements for nearly five years, after being removed first from the care of her mother and then her grandmother for neglect. During that time Keylara was moved between five residential treatment centers, four foster homes, and multiple STARR programs, designed to be…

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Meet Ronny

Ronny is a 14-year-old boy who was struggling with depression and getting to school. After 60 unexcused absences, the school filed a CRA petition (Child Requiring Assistance) with the court. His mother is the family’s sole provider and has a very demanding job. She cannot always be available when he needs her. CASA Nina was…

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