Asher was removed from his parents’ care for the third time when he was six years old due to physical abuse from his dad, unmet mental health concerns with his mom, and severe hygiene issues in the home. After several incidents of behavioral outbursts in his foster home and school due to the trauma and upheaval he had experienced, Asher was placed into a residential psychiatric treatment center for children. It was at this time that a judge appointed a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to be Asher’s voice in court and help advocate for his needs throughout his time in foster care.
It became clear to the CASA right away that Asher had a long history of adults breaking their promises to him. The CASA went to visit Asher in his residential treatment center and advocated for his needs and appropriate services while he was placed there. Slowly, she began to build a trusting relationship with Asher through frequent visits and phone calls.
When it became clear that neither parent would be able to safely care for Asher, the CASA helped facilitate Asher being placed with his grandparents and continued to support them amidst ongoing struggles with Asher’s behaviors and the uncertainties of the case. Through different foster homes, social workers and attorneys, Asher’s CASA remained committed to staying by his side and being the consistent person he could rely on throughout his time in the foster care system.
Now, as a 9-year-old and after three long years in foster care, Asher is doing really well. His grandparents were recently granted legal guardianship of Asher, and he finally has the stability he needs to thrive. He and his grandparents will be moving out of state soon to be closer to extended family who will help support them and ensure that Asher grows up in a safe and permanent home.