A case with 6 siblings was originally assigned to CASA in 2014. Large sibling groups are always challenging when trying to keep them placed together. The CASA Supervisor and two advocates have worked fiercely for these kiddos for almost 6 years, and after having both parents rights terminated, the four younger kids have been adopted and are doing very well in their new forever families. The two remaining siblings, now 17 and 18, have been in residential treatment facilities for the last few years, and have struggled with all of the devastation and loss they've endured in their short lives.
Veronica completed her CASA training and was sworn in May of last year. When reviewing cases, she read the hardships of these 2 teens, kids that could easily be overlooked by everyone else because they are so close to aging out of the system, and Veronica vowed that she would not allow them to be written off.
Veronica pored through the lengthy case files and saw that neither teen had copies of their birth certificate or social security card, and has worked tirelessly to obtain these important documents. Although one teen is in the Houston area, Veronica is available to them literally around the clock. She has built a foundation of trust such that they know she is a phone call away at any hour of any day. This is such a comfort to kids who could otherwise feel alone.
Cases with younger children, even infants, are inherently the ones to which most new advocates would be drawn. These are the cases where it would appear that strong advocacy could make the biggest difference. Perhaps Veronica's profession working with troubled teens at AISD gives her a different prospective. She understands firsthand how critical teen years are, and how choices - both available and made - will follow these kids in years to come. Whatever the motivation, we are so grateful to have Veronica fighting for these young adults.
Thank you, Veronica, for all you are doing for your CASA kiddos!