ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH - JUNE
Kandace was sworn in as an advocate in October, 2016. She immediately accepted two cases involving siblings. The department already had a case open on the toddler girl when the biological mother prematurely gave birth to another little girl. A second case was opened when the newborn tested positive for illegal drugs. Kandace has worked diligently for these babies and has visited them often while placed with their grandparents. Her natural instincts helped her bond quickly with the sisters, and she has become one of the biological mom's biggest supporters as the mom maintains sobriety and works her department-ordered services. Her supervisor, Hollie (shown right), states that she could not be more proud of Kandace.
Tragedy struck in April when the youngest sister passed away unexpectedly due to complications from her premature birth. This loss was felt by everyone at CASA, but certainly not as deeply as Kandace. Nevertheless, Kandace has been unfailing in her support for the heartbroken mom and remaining sister. This will continue to be an emotional case, and this incredibly sad turn of events has only redoubled Kandace's resolve to secure a better future for her CASA kiddo.
Kandace is not only a phenomenal advocate, but also a wife, mom-to-be and student. Thank you for being an outstanding CASA!