Craig came into care when he was 15 years old, having lost a dramatic amount of weight in a short amount of time, with serious asthma, and truancy issues due to extreme neglect.
He is now 16. Since he has been assigned a CASA, he is an honor roll student, teaching himself how to play the piano, and is planning to attend a 4-year university after graduating high school. With the support of his CASA Craig has continued to look towards the future keeping his attention on his goals, progress, and interests.
At 7 years old, Lily came into care having been sexually abused multiple times and abused by relatives. She had nightmares and was afraid of the dark due to the reoccurring sexual abuse. She is a very active and intelligent child who has serious behavioral issues due to the trauma she experienced.
Since she has been assigned a CASA, now at age 8, she has overcome fears, been provided support to improve her education, and received a steady, trustworthy role model. Her behavioral issues have been assessed and have begun to be improved through therapy.
Words From Our Foster Youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“She does fun things with me and helps when it is wrong.”
-8 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“He always asks about my well-being, and I can trust him and talk to him about anything I want.”
-13 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“He has given me new perspectives and given me the chance to do things I never previously imagined myself doing. I am definitely happy to have a CASA worker to help me with things like resumés, fitness, and job searching, and to show me the ropes around things.”
-16 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“She takes us places, like out for dinner and has become like an aunt to us.” -8 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“She’s a role model.” -17 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“I love that my CASA came into my life and never did I have to wonder if she will walk out like everyone else did. I love that she supports me in any decision I make, whether she agrees or disagrees. She is more than a CASA. She is my family, and I say this because she has shown me it is true.” -20 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“I’m glad we have a CASA because she makes us really happy and she gets to take us places. We love her so much!” -9 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“I trust my CASA which is important to me. She is always there for me when I need her or when I don’t her. Since having a CASA, I have never felt lonely.” -15 year old youth
What I like most about my CASA is…“He stands up for what I need and always tells me my opinion matters.” -14 year old youth