As we celebrate the approach of the end of the school year and start of the summer season, I have to stop and think about all the children that have successfully completed the school year and are in a safe, stable home this year thanks in part to the work done by their CASA volunteers and supporters of the program. There are no limits to the work a CASA does to ensure the well-being of a child in the foster care system. Volunteers have done such an amazing list of things recently, it's impossible to chose the best to share with you.
13 year old Daniel was a difficult child struggling in school with his anger and only achieving D's. He was in a foster home that was too busy to pay attention to him and he was slipping away. His CASA, Candace, however, was persistent. She saw potential in him. She learned his grandmother wished to take guardianship of him, and a cousin who also lived with her was willing to tutor Daniel. Candace spoke to Daniel's school weekly to identify his needs and networked to make sure they were met. She visited him regularly to make sure he had support. Candace spoke up, advocated and educated everyone in Daniel's life until the Judge ordered that Daniel be moved to live with his Grandmother. Daniels' cousin began tutoring him and the extra school support that Candace identified was put in place.
Today Daniel is finishing the school year with A's and B's. His anger is under control and he is on his way to living permanently under his grandmother's guardianship. This was a good school year for Daniel. He found a safe stable home. He is successful in school. For the first time in a long time, he is happy. Thanks to his CASA. Candace made a lifelong difference to Daniel.