One Child’s Story—Andrew
When Andrew, 3 years old, was abandoned by his mother, he was placed in a foster home. Andrew showed signs of severe neglect and physical abuse—he had scars on his body, was not toilet trained, and his speech was extremely limited.
Andrew’s social worker recommended that a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) be assigned to his case, knowing that a CASA would provide individual advocacy to the child to ensure his urgent needs
On the outside, Andrew was an adorable, friendly child but his history of abuse had caused serious damage to his inner, emotional health. When he became frustrated, Andrew would act violently. This challenging behavior was difficult for foster parents, so within seven months Andrew was moved three times.
Andrew’s CASA, Jackie, saw that constant movement aggravated Andrew’s emotional trauma, so she worked to keep him from being moved again. When a young couple became interested in adopting Andrew, Jackie spoke to them weekly, keeping them up-to-date on Andrew’s progress in school and at home.
Jackie accompanied Andrew to meet his adoptive parents for the first time. In fact, she helped him throughout the transition to a new home.
Now, Andrew is thriving. He is in special education classes and is happy. Jackie and Andrew still talk—the experiences they endured together have built a bond that will last forever.
With your help we can ensure that all children in foster care are heard. When you donate to the SFCASA, you lift the voice of another child like Andrew—until every child’s voice is heard. You can help make this dream a reality.
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