For two years, Raymond has been an outstanding source of support for the 2 young siblings on his case. The children were placed into care after a traffic stop resulted in their mother being incarcerated for drug trafficking. The geographic logistics of this case could be daunting, but Raymond has taken it in stride. The children lived in another state hundreds of miles from Amarillo prior to being placed in foster care. The majority of their time in Texas State custody has been spent in foster placements outside Amarillo, but Raymond has never let distance negatively impact his advocacy, and makes it a point to visit them every month. The biological parents on the case were either unable or unwilling to complete their court-ordered service plans, and their rights were eventually terminated. Although Raymond recommended this termination as being in the children's best interests, he understands the emotional impact it has on them. Raymond maintains consistent monthly visits to ensure that his kiddos always have a trusted adult to share feelings with.
In recent months Raymond was able to locate an aunt, and the home study and background check process is currently underway. The children will be placed there within the next several months.
Raymond has been very clear about his intentions for permanency for these sweet kids. His close relationship and first-hand knowledge have earned the respect of the judge on the case, and Raymond is the standalone source of information for all parties involved. Raymond is an asset to CASA, but most importantly a fighter for his CASA kiddos.
Thank you, Raymond, for the positive impact you've made!