CASA for Kids: 'Ashlyn and Ramie'
CASA CASE OF THE WEEK: “Ashlyn and Ramie”
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for 6-year-old “Ashlyn” and 4-year-old “Ramie.”
The sisters were taken into custody by the Department of Child Safety (DCS) following a domestic violence incident between their mother and father. At the time of the incident, Ashlyn and Ramie were home with their parents who had both been consuming alcohol for the majority of the day. A physical altercation occurred following verbal disputes. Their mother suffered a possible concussion and bruising to her face and arms. Their father was arrested and taken into custody.
The DCS investigation revealed an ongoing pattern of behavior that included prior injuries sustained by both Ashlyn and Ramie as a result. Mother continues to deny the seriousness of the domestic violence and has not demonstrated a willingness to protect the girls. She also does not see her alcohol use as a contributing factor to the present situation. Father maintains that his alcohol consumption is not a problem. Current circumstances have left Ashlyn and Ramie without a caregiver who is able and willing to ensure their safety. The girls are currently placed in a licensed foster placement and DCS is making efforts to locate relatives who may be able to provide placement for them.
Among the CASA volunteer’s responsibilities: Monitoring Ashlyn and Ramie’s progress in their current placement; working with the DCS case manager and any service providers to ensure that they receive the appropriate services, such as educational and medical care; and making recommendations to the court about a permanent outcome for the girls.
Are you willing to give approximately 15 to 20 hours per month to advocate for an abused or neglected child in our community? Are you detail oriented and organized? Do you have time to review documents, attend meetings and write a quarterly report based on the information you’ve received? No experience is necessary, and comprehensive training is provided at no cost to the volunteer advocate. Once certification and training are complete, CASA volunteers spend time learning about the child and their needs, gather information about the child’s circumstances, advocate for services for the child, and provide information to the court about what is in the child’s best interest.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer and making a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child, please contact the CASA office at 928-771-3165.
EDITOR’S NOTE — The children’s names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and these children are not eligible for adoption at this time.
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