ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER
Ali was sworn in as an Advocate in February of this year and immediately accepted her first case that involves a teenage girl. The girl was placed in a residential treatment facility over a year ago and has struggled to make personal bonds. After a tumultuous childhood of abuse and neglect, witnessing drug use by her parents whose rights were eventually terminated, and having developed mistrust of most adults, this was one CASA kiddo that would be a challenge. Understanding all of this, Ali became determined to make a difference. Ali knew that without intervention, this girl would turn 18, age out of care, and become a tragic statistic.
In court, CPS recommended that the girl remain in an RTC for the next several months until she turned 18. Ali, having researched and met with nearby relatives, made the recommendation that the girl be removed from the RTC and placed in a familiar, supportive environment. Even though it was Ali's first appearance before a judge, her passion and knowledge of the case were convincing. The girl is back with family, her attitude has improved and she now looks forward to what her future holds.
Ali is a perfect example of how one person has the ability to change the life of a child in need. Shown above with her Supervisor, Charlene (left), and Light of Hope member, Tiffany (right), Ali has now taken on a second case that includes 4 siblings. Although these sweet kiddos have been in care over 5 years, Ali has earned their trust and love and is making wonderful progress toward permanency.
Congratulations, Ali, and thank you for being an important part of the CASA family!