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CASA for Kids: 'Gwen'

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 10-year-old Gwen. Gwen was removed from her home because her mother abused alcohol, and Gwen was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. As a baby, Gwen was adopted by her maternal grandparents. Child Protective Services (CPS) removed Gwen from this home and took custody of her for several reasons, including the fact that Gwen was left for long periods of time with relatives with a history of sexual abuse; neglect of all medical, dental and behavioral health issues, including treatment for fetal alcohol syndrome; and keeping Gwen home from school for more than a year.

Among the CASA volunteer's responsibilities: monitoring Gwen's ongoing progress in her foster home; working with her therapist and teachers to keep abreast of education and behavioral health issues; assisting CPS in working with the grandmother, to determine whether she would be willing and able to participate in parenting programs that might permit her to resume responsibility for Gwen; attending monthly meetings with the girl and other team members involved in the case; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for Gwen. CASA volunteers need to provide information to the court at report and review hearings throughout the life of a case.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer for this case or a similar one and making a difference in the life of a child, please contact the CASA office at 928-771-3165.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This child's name has been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and this child is not eligible for adoption at this time.

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