On a chilly spring day Madi walks down the street with her mom and baby sister. Her feet hurt, but she doesn’t dare ask her mom for shoes. Madi is hungry and cold, but she doesn’t have the words to tell mom. Would mom even hear? That night Madi hears a knock at the door, then another, then a bang. Suddenly, there are cops in her home, everything is so confusing! Mom isn’t telling them the truth, bad things happen when you don’t tell the truth. A lady starts asking questions, but Madi doesn’t have the words to answer. She takes Madi and her sister, they get new clothes and blankets, the lady washes their hair and hands and gives them a warm meal. Madi is so hungry, but her teeth hurt too bad to chew. The lady takes Madi and her sister to a house, the grownups don’t seem too sure of the girls and Madi doesn’t seem too sure of them. A few days later a man comes and take Madi’s baby sister, he is so happy to take her away from Madi. The lady comes back and takes Madi to a new family, her sister isn’t there. The lady said her sister is living with her dad now in a faraway place. Madi asks where her dad is, the lady looks sad but doesn’t answer her. The new mom and brother try to talk to Madi, but she still can’t find her words.
Then, Madi meets Roxann, her new CASA. Roxann tells Madi that she’s there to help her, that Madi is going to see a lot of doctors but not to be scared because the new mom and Roxann are going to be with her. The first doctor fixes Madi’s teeth and Madi finds her smile. The second doctor fixes Madi’s heart and Madi finds her happiness. The third doctor fixes Madi’s voice and Madi finds her words. Roxann shows Madi a picture of her from last year when the lady took her away from her first mom, Madi doesn’t even recognize the small girl with no smile. She asks about her baby sister and the man who took her away, Roxann says they will find her.
Now, Madi is big and strong, she has her smile and her words. Roxann found her sister and Mom shows Madi pictures, she looks bigger and stronger too! Roxann and Mom tell Madi an important day is coming up and she gets a new dress. They take her to a big building with lots of people. Roxann said a man wants to meet Madi and ask her about her family. Madi sits in a big chair and tells the nice man what she has known for a long time, her new Mom is the mom she was always meant to have and the mom Madi will always be with. That day a doctor didn’t fix anything, Roxann helped fix her long ago, but that day Madi found her forever home.
The story of Madi and Roxann has a happy ending thanks to the support of people like you! Thank you for helping Madi find her voice. At CASA of Yellowstone County, we will not stop working until we can find a Roxann for each and every child in foster care in our community. CASAs like Roxann give children a voice, and to give them a voice, is to give them hope. Thanks for helping us work towards our vision of giving all kids in Yellowstone County hope.