Over-medication a concern among foster kids

“I had nowhere to go.  Like I was stuck.  Like I couldn’t move.  Like I felt like I was so drowsy, I couldn’t even wake up,” 15-year-old Sophia said of her medications. Sophia was taking about 12 pills daily, including Lithium and Adderall. Court Appointed Special Advocate Michelle Lobato became concerned about Sophia’s health and intervened…

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“Heard, valued, empowered, supported, respected, normal…”

… these are a few of the words foster youth use to describe how their CASA volunteer makes them feel as highlighted in this excerpt from National CASA CEO Michael Piraino’s annual State of CASA address.  Michael shares thoughts about foster care reform and introduces a young man whose life was changed by his CASA volunteer.  

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Karen Hilborn: 24 Years of Outstanding Advocacy for Children

Karen Hilborn has been a compassionate advocate for children in Colorado Springs for 24 years, our longest-term volunteer. She has lifted the lives of more than 50 children as a CASA volunteer. Many of her cases would last three to five years. Despite the long hours and the commitment, Karen has never quit on a…

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

National CASA Podcast Celebrating National Volunteer Week We don’t share the disturbing details of abuse/neglect cases we serve on due to rules confidentiality and out of respect for the children and families, but know that there are tragic and gut-wrenching things that happen to kids in our community and CASA volunteers are in the trenches…

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