GREW UP NEGLECTED. TOOK CARE OF HER YOUNGER SIBLINGS.
THEN SEPARATED FROM HER SIBLINGS IN FOSTER CARE
Thanks to her CASA Karman and Caseworkers, Aurora and her siblings were reunited and adopted together!
ENDURED SEVERE PHYSICAL ABUSE AS AN INFANT. MULTIPLE BROKEN BONES, IN A MEDICAL COMA AT THE HOSPITAL
Thanks to his CASA Tricia, Bryan is now treasured by his new family and is progressing physically and developmentally!
Severe medical problems.
Multiple foster homes.
A lifetime of uncertainty.
Two-year-old Mya was born prematurely and spent the first two months of her life in the NICU. She suffered brain damage, severe infections, and the threat of blindness before her first birthday. When she entered foster care at 13-months-old, Mya was unable to walk, speak or eat on her own. Her extensive medical needs required nearly full-time care. In the span of six months, she had been placed in three different foster homes.
That’s where CASA came in. Elizabeth was a court-appointed Advocate whose singular goal was to make a recommendation to the judge as to the best place for Mya to live. Elizabeth worked tirelessly with Mya’s case workers, attorney, medical team, and foster parents to ensure all of her medical needs were met. She was the one consistent adult during that traumatic time. Elizabeth ultimately recommended to the court that Mya be adopted, and was thrilled to learn that Jenny and Matt Jennings would be Mya’s forever family.
Jenny said, “Elizabeth gave me hope for better days to come.” At Mya’s adoption, her new parents officially changed her name to Mya Elizabeth, in honor of her CASA volunteer. Elizabeth now knows, “that Mya changed my life.”
Every donation gives children like Mya the voice of a CASA volunteer while in foster care. During an uncertain time in their lives, you can give them the gift of hope in the form of a consistent, caring adult.
P.S. With regular medical treatment, Mya is thriving. Her parents proudly report she can now walk without assistance, say a few words, and sign to communicate!
In foster care by age four.
Severe physical abuse.
Deep emotional scars.
Heartbroken and afraid.
Little Kai endured years of abuse at the hands of his mother’s boyfriends. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder before he even started Pre-K. By the time he entered foster care, his exposure to a lifetime of violence made him timid, withdrawn, and fearful. That’s when CASA volunteer Diane stepped in!
Diane served as Kai’s CASA volunteer for the length of his case. She worked tirelessly with his case workers, attorney, therapists, biological family, and foster family. She visited Kai 27 times. During a trial that lasted over a week, Diane was a critical voice for Kai’s best interests and provided key testimony to help the judge make the most informed decision. She was a constant in his life, giving him a voice when he needed one the most.
His case was complex, and Kai was not able to be adopted until all appeals had been exhausted. The Appeals Court ultimately decided to uphold the judge’s ruling—Kai was allowed to be adopted! The court appreciated Diane’s extensive interaction with him and cited her strong credibility as a witness. Her advocacy truly changed the course of his life.
Your donation gives children like Kai the critical voice they need while in foster care!
P.S. Kai is now thriving in a loving home full of siblings and laughter. His PTSD symptoms have improved, he excels in school, and he loves Superheroes, especially Spiderman!