A Morris County child was recently reintegrated with her father after many months of monitoring by the court, Saint Francis Community Services, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of the 8th Judicial District. The court appointed a CASA volunteer to advocate for the child's best interests and obtain a safe and permanent home place after the child experienced mental health issues, poor behaviors, and difficulties in school while in the care of her mother who was experiencing drug addiction and mental health issues herself.
She told the CASA volunteer that living with her father felt safe and made her happy. After talking with individuals in the child's life, the CASA volunteer made a recommendation that the child be placed in the care of her father. The court granted permanence with her father after the child showed improvement in her grades and behavior in and out of school.
This year, United Way of the Flint Hills awarded CASA of the 8th Judicial District $3,000 so children in Morris County can thrive with the help of their volunteer advocates.