Whether loving, supportive, or competitive, there’s nothing quite like sibling relationships. From childhood homes to family traditions, siblings share the same experiences during formative years and will often be the longest relationships in one’s lifetime. That sibling bond can be even more complex for youth in the child welfare system.
When CASA Frank was assigned to two brothers living in separate homes across different counties, he could see that it was vital that they see each other and maintain their relationship. He goes out of his way to drive to one home, then across the county to the other home, and makes sure they all share a meal. Advocating for siblings can be a balancing act, yet CASA Frank knows that their outings are essential as it is sometimes the only time they get to see each other. Through their time together at a Starbucks or a restaurant, the brothers have the opportunity to talk, laugh, and bond. With CASA Frank consistently bringing them together, the brothers have come to really appreciate each other and even tell each other, “I love you,” when they say their goodbyes, which they didn’t do when CASA Frank first met the boys. He has been instrumental in keeping the brothers’ relationship alive during an uncertain time in their childhood.
On top of being an extraordinary CASA, Frank is also a member of the Voices for Children Outreach Team in Riverside County. He has been a monumental support for recruitment, always being the first to sign up to volunteer at multiple outreach events, identify event opportunities, and even help coordinate the booth kits to and from the office. CASA Frank is passionate about spreading the word about the role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate in a way that resonates with any individual he engages with. CASA Frank is a true champion of our work and always shares ways for Voices for Children to be more visible in the community.
Name: Frank D.
Occupation: Operations & Energy Supervisor
Became a CASA: 2023
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