For some children in foster care, the only constant in their life is their sibling. It’s the only other person who truly understands what they’ve been through. However, brothers and sisters in foster care aren’t always placed together. There are many reasons why. Jayden*, 13, was living in a foster home with his younger brothers (Dylan*, 9, and Ryker*, 8) but was removed from the home because of behavioral issues.
Under these circumstances, sibling relationships often fall through the cracks. But the boys’ Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, Olivia, would not let that happen. Even though Jayden lived one hour away from Dylan and Ryker, CASA Olivia still made the drive at least once a month so the boys could be together.
“My favorite thing about being a CASA was when I had the opportunity to get all three of the boys together for a visit and see them greet each other and myself with such happiness,” CASA Olivia shared.
“That one-hour drive to meet their brother was also the perfect opportunity to talk, laugh, and bond with the other two boys!” she added.
Facilitating visits wasn’t the only way CASA Olivia advocated for the family. She saw how hard the boys’ mother, Jessica*, was working to get her children back. CASA Olivia supported Jessica in any way she could, including helping with school registration and having her driver’s license reinstated. Last month, the family officially reunited! Jayden, Dylan, and Ryker are happy and relieved to be living under one roof with their mother and each other.
CASA Olivia is about to take on her next case, where we know she’ll bring the same level of passion and dedication. Congratulations to Olivia, our very deserving CASA of the Month!
Volunteer: Olivia G.
Became a CASA: 2021
Advice for new CASAs: Never miss the opportunity to let your case children know that they are cared for, loved, admired for their courage, supported, and worthy of your attention and time. As a CASA, I always want my children’s emotions to feel validated and their voices heard.
You, too, can make a difference in the life of youth in foster care. Learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer.
*Names and details have been changed to protect confidentiality