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Success Story: Tim and Catherine’s Story at CASA

Did you know there are over 490 kids in our county who are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and need a Court Appointed Special Advocate? CASA advocates make recommendations to the court, based on the best interest of the children. Let us share with you what that looks like for a child in our community.

CASA volunteer, Catherine, has been advocating for 11-year old Tim for over a year. Tim has a strong bond with his father, and his case plan was on track for reuniting with his father. Unfortunately, Tim’s father did not follow through with his court-ordered plan and soon Tim was placed with an elderly relative.

Tim thought this would be a permanent placement for him. But due to the relative’s age and health problems, she was not able to handle the demands of a child in her home. He was heartbroken. He was then moved to two successive foster homes, both of which were not good fits for him.

Throughout all of this time, Catherine maintained weekly visits with Tim and close contact with his caregivers. One day at the end of the school year, Catherine was talking to an employee at Tim’s school. The employee said that in the past she had operated a specialized foster home. Catherine asked if she might be interested in fostering again.

Soon after, arrangements were made for Tim to live under her care. It has been a great fit, and the foster mom is now pursuing adoption of Tim.  This is just one example of a life positively affected by a CASA volunteer advocate.