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Ava and Malik’s Story

Ava and Malik’s Story

Ava and Malik* were born into a violent cycle of domestic abuse and substance use. They came to the attention of Child Protective Services after a series of over twelve visits to their home from law enforcement. Ava and Malik were appointed a dedicated Court Appointed...
Torrie and Tanya’s Story

Torrie and Tanya’s Story

When they met their CASA, Torrie and Tanya* were living with their mother, a victim of domestic violence. Their home was dilapidated and insect-infested. It was clear that their living environment was unsafe and unhealthy. The girls were immediately moved to a...
When All Else Fails, Listen

When All Else Fails, Listen

It can be difficult to find the right words, especially when interacting with foster parents, the children they care for, and the many others who may be involved in the foster care journey. Foster care placements can be complex situations, with complicated dynamics...
Aging Out of Foster Care

Aging Out of Foster Care

As we explained earlier this month, foster care is a short-term arrangement while permanent solutions are developed for the well-being of a child. But what if you are no longer a child while living in this short term arrangement? What does it mean to ‘age out’ of...
Touch Points for Support

Touch Points for Support

Children who have been removed from their homes are cared for by foster parents… but who supports the foster parents? Perhaps that is a role that you can play! Many challenges come along with foster care. There is a roller coaster of ups and downs for the children,...