ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER
Kandace accepted a case with 5 sweet siblings that are divided into 3 placements in 3 different cities. She is not letting geography slow her down one bit as she travels as far as Lubbock and points between at least once a month. Kandace has made a point to visit each child both in their foster home and at school so that she can observe behavior independently of their caretakers. Doing so, she discovered that the 5 year old was being punished by the foster parent in unacceptable ways. This precious little girl had had her long hair brutally chopped off to the scalp, was not allowed to bathe and was having food withheld over minor disciplinary issues. Kandace immediately reported this to her Supervisor, and by bringing in the therapist, the child was removed from the placement within 24 hours.
Thankfully, this placement is not representative of the loving and generous members of our foster community, and Kandace didn't hesitate at all when it came to the safety and happiness of her CASA kiddo. Once settled in her new placement, Kandace arranged for the girl to receive a professional haircut to minimize her embarassment, and even bought pretty headbands in an effort to restore the girl's self-esteem.
Kandace is a wife and new mommy to a precious son, and she has an amazing ability to manage her time and produce incredible results. CASA is so lucky to have her as a volunteer, and we can't wait to see what her future holds.
Congratulations, Kandace, and thank you for ALL you do!