Success Stories

Meet Jack and CASA Dawn

For a long time, Jack was hospitalized every other month and was stuck in a residential (group care) placement even though he was just 12. Every time he had a behavioral outburst, the mental health crisis team was called by the staff in the residential setting, paper work was produced, meds were added, and he…

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Kevin’s Story

Kevin is twelve years old and living at the Italian Home where he has been for the better part of five years. He was placed in two Intensive Foster Care homes in the last two years, both intended to be pre-adoptive, both unsuccessful. DCF continues to work to identify any possible family as well as looking for an…

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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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