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 – Matthew and Sean – were in foster care and bounced from house to house until a distant relative from out of state eventually agreed to adopt them. Although the boys were in the permanent custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), their parents remained determined to turn their circumstances around and bring the boys home. After months of hard work, Matthew and Sean were reunited with their Mom and Dad and their case was dismissed from the court.
As you can imagine, this was an unlikely outcome given the original scenario. However, with a support team beside them, the parents of Matthew and Sean were able to reunify their family. Linda played an important role on this team as a critical source of support for Matthew and Sean, their biological parents, and their foster parents. She was able to connect all parties to important services and even secured an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Sean. In addition – and perhaps most importantly – Linda was able to provide the court with meaningful information about how each child and parent were doing, so that the court could make an informed decision about the ultimate outcome.
It was a happy day in court when Matthew and Sean were reunited with their Mom and Dad, and while Matthew and Sean’s parents did all of the hard work that made it possible for their children to come home, it does take a village. Linda continues to be committed to this family to ensure they have what they need for continued success.