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Advocate Spotlight: Florence Diede

Advocate Spotlight: Florence Diede

Florence has been a CASA advocate for 17 years and has had 6 cases assigned to her. One of the most recent cases involved a teenage girl and another a young boy who had experienced family loss.

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Maya & Lainey

Maya & Lainey

Law enforcement was called to Lainey and Maya’s rural home on the edge of Billings when their mom and dad got into a physical...

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Advocate Spotlight: Rhiannon Inabnit

Advocate Spotlight: Rhiannon Inabnit

Having been assigned dozens of CASA cases since 2015, we are excited to introduce you to Rhiannon Inabnit, a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for nine years, in addition to being a Peer Coordinator for the past six years. Rhiannon is a familiar face at CASA, and she often admits, “She feels she has grown up in the CASA office.”

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Welcome the Lion on Your Path

Welcome the Lion on Your Path

We all encounter lions in our life, our personal life, and our life as advocates. Sometimes our lions are big; death of a loved one, a job change, a placement change, a failed placement, or a child coming back into care. Sometimes our lions are small; sickness, loss of a friendship, an unanswered text or email, a missed visit, a missed UA, or a failing grade. Big or small, they are lions in our path. It is hard to think about where we are heading or where we have come from when faced with the lion. Can I sneak past it? Can I outrun it? Can I fight it?  Can I go back and take a different path? 

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Natalie, Noah, & Nash

Natalie, Noah, & Nash

Natalie and Noah came into foster care for the second time after their mom relapsed into her addiction and was kicked out of her sober living home. Their dad was incarcerated and unable to parent his kids. When they came back into foster care, Noah had already spent half of his young life in the child welfare system. A judge soon appointed a newly sworn-in volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to the two kids.

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Advocate Spotlight: Jesse Harris

Advocate Spotlight: Jesse Harris

Jesse’s first experience with CASA found her with a set of twin sisters who had been removed due to physical neglect in the home. The girls came to Jesse with needs of speech, OT services, learning disorders, and autism.  Jesse immediately began reaching out to the girls’ schools, extended relatives, and specialists to glean as much information as possible.

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