How do CASA Advocates help children in foster care? When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County provides valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
Here are some of their stories…
3 year old Maddie’s parents were severe drug users. During her young life, Maddie had witnessed episodes of domestic violence between her mom and dad, and she was often left at home, all by herself. Child Protective Services (CPS) was notified of Maddie’s dangerous situation and placed her into foster care.
Susan, a CASA Volunteer, was appointed as Maddie’s Advocate.
Read Maddie’s full story HERE.
MEET KALEB, KAYLEE, AND KEISHA
Twins, Kaylee and Keisha, entered this world testing positive for drugs. Along with their older brother, Kaleb, the three spent their early years raised by their grandmother as their young parents continued to use drugs and make decisions that would put the siblings in danger.
CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County was not initially on the case, but the attorney for the children pleaded for a CASA volunteer to be assigned to look out for the children’s best interest. Advocate Steffy stepped up and took on the case.
Read their full story HERE.