Supervisor, Jona, describes her as a kind and loving person with a big
heart. While true, Yvonne is also a fierce and dedicated advocate for the
2 siblings on her case. At the onset, the Department recommended that the
children be placed in a residential treatment facility. Yvonne felt
strongly that they should be with their grandmother, and very bravely voiced
this in court. The judge agreed with Yvonne, and this initial victory may
very well have been a turning point in their lives. Both kids struggle
with conditions that typically result in negative behaviors, but Yvonne felt strongly
that in a family environment, with closely monitored medication, both kiddos
could thrive. Yvonne has worked this case from every angle - arming
herself with knowledge on the kiddo's diagnoses and then maintaining a
continuous conversation with teachers, therapists, doctors and the grandmother
to ensure that every party involved is adding their own expertise and working
toward the same goal.
Yvonne's commitment and devotion provided a stable platform for the kids when the court ordered they be returned to their mother. This was a complete upheaval in their lives: new town, new school, new teacher and friends. This move could have undone all the progress made, but Yvonne was there to make sure her kiddos kept moving forward. She is the touchstone not only for the kids, but for all other parties as well. Where there is a concern or barrier, Yvonne not only thinks outside the box, she eliminates it altogether. Yvonne's devotion is evidenced by the positive changes in behavior: one of her kiddos received an award at school, and for this child, a positive recognition would have been unheard of only a year before.
Yvonne, you are making a difference, not only in the lives of these 2 siblings, but also for their grandmother and mother. You are reminding the teachers and therapists and attorneys why it is so important that they do their part as well.
Thank you, Yvonne, and congratulations!