ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH - MAY
Aimee and Reid Christner
If there is no such thing as coincidence, then Reid and Aimee were destined to meet the children on their case. As part of their pre-service volunteer training, Reid and Aimee observed a family court hearing. They could have chosen Potter or Randall Counties, or any number of judges, but the Christners listened to the initial hearing on the case to which they would ultimately be assigned.
The sibling group, comprised of a boy and two girls, had been divided between cases due to differing biological fathers. Even so, the Christners have included all three children in all activities. The boy, unsurprisingly, quickly bonded with Reid, and looks forward to their weekly lunch dates at school. This is a perfect example of how important strong male role models are. Reid's home visits may have appeared to include a simple game of catch, but he was also exemplifying character, commitment and respect for women. At the same time, tea parties between Aimee and the girls included giggling and pretend, but also reinforcing how very loved the sisters are. These consistent visits, along with the genuinely loving nature of the Christners, convinced one of the sisters to open up to Aimee that she had been being bullied through social media. Aimee was able to step in to not only help rebuild the girl's confidence, but alert the other important adults of the situation. Reid and Aimee have been so dedicated to this sibling group, attending school programs and providing constant support, there's no doubt this fated relationship will last long after the final case closes.
Thank you, Reid and Aimee, for giving so much of yourselves to your kiddos and to the CASA program. We sincerely appreciate you!