When Grover’s family brought him to the hospital for respiratory difficulty, doctors recognized there was more going on. Grover had not grown to the weight and size expected for infants of his age, referred to as failure to thrive. When a social worker came to meet with Grover’s family, she discovered that the mother was severely cognitively delayed, and was living in a small house with a large number of other people.
For the time being, child protective services removed Grover from his mother’s care and placed him in a foster home. Soon, Grover was found to have several previously unidentified medical conditions, including significant sensory deficits and developmental delays. Due to Grover’s tremendous medical and social needs, a Court Appointed Special Advocate was assigned to the case – someone who happened to have significant pediatric healthcare and administration experience.
Grover’s CASA became a catalyst in building a bridge of trust between Grover’s mother and child protective services. The CASA helped Grover’s biological family to understand that the social workers had Grover’s best interests in mind – while also sharing with the family the progress Grover was making in his development and various therapies. In addition, the CASA worked to help the family understand how happy Grover was with his current foster parents. As a result of these efforts, the family agreed to submit to specialized tests, which allowed doctors to determine the biological causes of some of Grover’s conditions, and thus prescribe the best treatments and services for his needs. Grover’s CASA was committed to maintaining communication with the social worker, service providers, foster family, and biological family. Because of this, all were able to work toward a plan for Grover to grow up in a safe home that encourages his ongoing progress, where he will know the love of his extended family.