ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH - JANUARY
A sibling group of five had been languishing in the foster system for three years before being assigned to CASA. Adrian accepted this as his first case, and has been working tirelessly on their behalf ever since.
The oldest sibling aged out of care, but Adrian has remained a touchstone as this young man makes his way into adulthood. Adrian has kept this older sibling involved in the decisions surrounding the younger children as well as keeping all of the siblings in contact with one another. The four younger children have spent of their time separated into different placements, one in another city. Adrian has never allowed geography to stand in the way, and he has always made it possible to meet with the children and all parties involved. When Adrian first began meeting the biological parents, those interactions typically took place in a supermarket parking lot. This made no difference, as Adrian's goal was determining the best interests of the children.
Unfortunately, the biological parents were not able to improve their behaviors and rights were eventually terminated. Adrian's focus then shifted to permanency. He has invested a tremendous amount of time bonding with each child in order to make the correct recommendations. In addition to being sensitive to cultural differences, Adrian has been incredibly patient in allowing each child all the time necessary to become accustomed to feeling safe and loved, and even navigating the normal pressures of school and peer pressure.
Through Adrian's persistence, this family group is now poised to become part of a supportive forever family. Adrian is proof that one person CAN make a difference.
Thank you, Adrian, and congratulations!