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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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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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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Reunifying a Family

Our CASA volunteers are important members of a team of people who work tirelessly to find safe, permanent homes for children in foster care. We would like to tell you about Linda, a CASA volunteer who recently assisted with the reunification of two young boys and their family. For over two years, Linda’s boys –…

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Meet Sarah and Mary

Sarah is an 18 year old youth whose upbringing was turbulent and unstable. She was often bounced from house to house and family to family, and started to exhibit unhealthy behaviors in response to her challenging circumstances. As a result, Sarah’s judge decided to assign a CASA to her case last spring. Sarah needed guidance…

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Meet Alfonso and Gregory

When I first met these brothers, they were 13 and 11. The older brother was very protective of his younger sibling. They were always clean, well spoken; very serious about school and sports. The older brother did almost all the talking as the younger one always looked on and occasionally nodded his head. They did…

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Meet JJ and Chris

I first met JJ when he was four years old. He was in his second foster home since separation from his Mother about seven months before. He would be moved again to two additional foster homes over the next year. He was developmentally delayed and legally blind. He did not know how to eat; meaning,…

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Meet Holly and Julian

At five-and-half-months-old, Julian was hospitalized with multiple broken bones in different stages of healing. His young parents reported that they didn’t know what had happened. Julian was diagnosed with non-accidental trauma and taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Julian was placed with a foster family, who were friends of…

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