Read a CASA Success Story

Beth and Sam are a sibling group, both under the age of 6, who came into foster care only six months ago.  Sadly, the two were not able to remain in the same foster home, due to extreme behavioral issues with both of the children.  It was hard for the Department of Human Services to find a foster home that could handle both of the children’s behaviors.  Beth was placed in two different homes before coming to her third placement, that has become the most permanent to date.  Sam has been in a total of eight different foster placements, with his last one also being his most permanent placement to date.

The foster homes that had attempted to be long-term placements for each of these children all expressed extreme frustration with the children’s DHS case worker, and never getting the needed support for caring for these broken children.   And therefore, the children would be moved again and taken to a new home.

The CASA appointed to this case realized that helping the current foster parents for both Beth and Sam would in turn help the children to stay in a permanent environment throughout their parent’s case.  The CASA has a relationship with the current families to where the foster parents now rely on the CASA for getting information or services that help in their caring for Beth and Sam.  Beth has been in her current placement for the past 3 months, and Sam has been in his therapeutic placement for the past 4 ½ months.  The CASA has been instrumental in keeping pressure on DHS to get Sam the needed medications to control his outbursts, on working out schedules for visitations with parents, and on getting other services that the state provides children who are in care.  These little details and others that the CASA has helped to implement have helped the foster parents in caring for Beth and Sam.

The CASA has also become the point of contact with the children’s therapists.  Sam’s placement is outside of Clark County, so it is extremely easy for his foster home and therapist to not be included in the DHS loop of information.  Sam is somewhat “out of sight, out of mind” for the appointed case worker at DHS.   The CASA is in constant communication with the therapist, and is able to bring the concerns to the children’s appointed attorney and to our judge.

Advocating for children in foster care takes on so many different roles, and sometimes it is advocating for the people that care for our children in care.  Beth and Sam’s case is not anywhere close to closing we have a long way to go.  CASA believes that what is best for these two children is to stay in their current foster placements until they are able to be reunited with their parents.  Listening and acting upon the concerns, needs, and fears of Beth and Sam’s foster parents and therapists are crucial for keeping the children in the committed homes in which they have been placed.

 

 

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