Dorcas was sworn in as an advocate in June, 2017, and is currently working on her second case. A pair of young brothers had begun their foster placement in Amarillo before being moved to south Texas due to lack of foster options. The biological parents had both been working their court-ordered service plans in an attempt to regain custody. Visitation between children and parents was arranged through Skype, and although not ideal, this contact helped this struggling family through a difficult time. Without warning, CPS received notice for placement in east Texas. This would be the third placement within a year for this very young pair, and CASA in no way felt it was in their best interest. Dorcas had been in close contact with all parties involved on this case - from teachers to therapists to foster parents- and she had witnessed the negative effects of the placement changes on the boys. At the same time, Dorcas had been monitoring the progress of the biological parents, confirming service plan completion, securing appropriate and safe housing, and securing and maintaining gainful employment. Before the boys could be moved, Dorcas passionately advocated that they be returned to their mother. After reviewing the detailed report, the judge agreed and the brothers were ordered to be sent home to their mother. CASA advocates act in the best interest of the children, and in this case, Dorcas also earned the gratitude of the biological parents who embraced her tearfully when the court order was announced. Her Supervisor describes her as steadfast and humble, and we wholeheartedly agree!
Thank you, Dorcas, for being a driving force for two young brothers, and making a difference in their lives!