Volunteers like Sara make a life-changing difference for children and youth.
Mary* is a volunteer with Oakland County CASA in Michigan. She was assigned by a judge to the case of 17-year-old Anna*, who was being parented by an aunt and uncle after the untimely death of her mother when Anna was 7 years old.
As the pandemic unfolded in 2020, Aileen continued her visits virtually, and gradually transitioned to socially distanced in-person visits with the siblings and their mother.
Lisa*, a volunteer from CASA Youth Advocates in Media, PA, advocates for 15-year-old Jared* who is currently housed at a residential facility.
At first, Sam focused in part on ensuring the boys could have normal childhood experiences with a reliable adult, and on getting to know them.
Shaun* was removed from his parents and placed in foster care nearly 10 years ago.
Holly says that her relationship with the family taught her about the value of being present.
Jasmine and Liliana’s CASA volunteer stayed by their side.
There is much to be done when it comes to maintaining important connections between children and their incarcerated parents.