After being sworn in as an Advocate in November 2016, John immediately took on two cases that involved 2 cousins. Both cases were completed with permanent outcomes for the kiddos by May 2018, and again, he took on two more cases. His current cases involve four siblings, however, different placements and circumstances for each child have had John working diligently on individual solutions.
The oldest child, the only girl, recently turned 18, and has elected to return home with her parents. The next oldest is living in a foster home in Amarillo. This teen boy had previously been in a residential treatment facility in the Dallas area. John had traveled to visit him every 6 weeks and talked by phone frequently before his return. John continues to stand by the boy to ensure he receives therapy and medical attention. Another brother on the case was recently transferred to a residential treatment facility near Dallas, and John is already planning visits. The youngest sibling, a 3 year old boy, has been placed in yet another foster home, and is happy and thriving.
Although the children on his cases are siblings, John is advocating for different outcomes based on the best interest of each child. Not only that, John has developed alternate strategies in the event that situations may change. John is an integral part of his cases due to his diligence in keeping updated with all the various parties involved, and the Department, attorneys and judge value and rely on his first-hand observations.
Thank you, John, for being a champion for your CASA kiddos! You are having a positive impact on the next generation, and we appreciate your commitment!