Hope for Joey: CASA Success Story

There are over 500 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. Kids like Joey.

Joey was less than a year old when he was placed in protective custody. His mother brought him to the local hospital. He was very pale, congested, and coughing. Joey’s mother was incoherent upon arrival to the hospital and passed out several times. Hospital staff notified law enforcement who arrested the mother. She later admitted to being addicted to heroin and methamphetamine.

Joey was transferred to the Neo-Natal Unit and diagnosed with Failure to Thrive, based on parental neglect. He could barely eat or drink, and the back of his head was severely flat. This baby was in very critical condition.

CASA volunteer, Denise, was assigned to advocate for him and foster placement arranged. Joey is now almost two years old and Denise visits him weekly to observe his development. She has a very supportive relationship with the foster mom, attends medical appointments and occupational therapy sessions with Joey and reports he is making good progress.

Denise is dedicated to Joey’s recovery and said although he faces many challenges she will stay by his side to ensure he grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

This is just one example of lives positively affected by a CASA volunteer advocate.