Success Stories: CASA

Currently there are over 490 kids in our county’s court system who are waiting for a CASA volunteer advocate. These children deserve to have a voice in how decisions are made and most of the time it is the voice of the volunteer advocate who can make a huge difference in that child’s life.

Let us share with you what that looks like for children in our community.

CASA volunteers, Martin and Rose have been advocating on their cases for two years. Martin is advocating for 16-year old Joe and Rose is advocating for a 4-year old girl, named Wendy. Although these children differ in many ways, both were abused and neglected and suffered due to the mental illness of their mothers.

When Martin met Joe he was overweight, low self-esteem in additional to behavioral issues. Martin and Joe’s bond grew with trips to the gym, as he gained confidence in his new found strength.

Rose quickly identified that Wendy’s grandmother, who had custody could not navigate the child welfare system because of a language barrier. Rose became an advocate, not only for Wendy but also for her grandmother.

Today, both Joe and Wendy are adopted and living in loving and happy families.

These stories are proof positive that CASA volunteers can make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.

* Names and details have been changed to protect identities