A Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer can change a teen’s life as they navigate the foster care system. While experiencing many emotions, they are at an age where they are trying to find their own identity, and one caring, consistent adult can lead them toward a path of success. A CASA works hard to build a trusting relationship, advocate for their needs, and encourage their interests and passions for the future. Over time, they become someone they can count on as a source of guidance and consistency. CASA Merav has been a guiding light for her 17-year-old case child, Bianca*.
Since 2022, when CASA Merav first met Bianca, she has developed a positive relationship with her. CASA Merav often sees Bianca, planning fun visits to get her involved in the community. She works hard to write detailed court reports and is always by Bianca’s side during her hearings, being a devoted presence in Bianca’s life and showing her that she can rely on her CASA.
Recently, Bianca had to move from her former home. During this time of change for Bianca, CASA Merav took it upon herself to make sure she was available to ensure she could be there to help move all her things and get her settled in. Since then, Bianca has started a new school program that is mainly virtual, aside from weekly meetings with her teacher on campus. Bianca’s new caregiver has needed assistance transporting her to school for these visits. Engaging with the new caregiver, CASA Merav offered her help with this transportation need every other week without hesitation. As Bianca settles into a new home and school environment, CASA Merav always seeks ways to motivate her and is always willing to help however she can.
Volunteer Name: Merav E.
Occupation: Landscape Designer
Became a CASA in: 2022
Favorite part about being a CASA: “My favorite part of being a CASA is getting random texts from my case youth. She likes to share what she’s going through, what’s bothering her at the moment and just thoughts that pop into her head. It makes me happy that she knows I’m someone she can rely on to pay attention to her.”
You, too, can make a difference in the lives of youth in foster care. Learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer.
*Names and details have been changed to protect confidentiality