As CASAs, sometimes it is hard to understand where birth parents are coming from or why they choose to certain actions. We may feel like a parent is not trying hard enough or doesn't care about the child at all. While this may sometimes be the case, there are parents that - more than anything - want their children back and are willing to do anything to get to that outcome. This article is from a parent's point of view as she is fighting to get her children back. When some cases are looking grim, it is important to remember the good in what we are doing.
From the first day that the child welfare system came into my life, I felt confused, afraid to ask for help and alone, with no one to guide or support me.
Have you ever felt like a lawyer didn't fight hard enough for a case?
What did you as the CASA do to help the situation?
What do you think you would do if this situation were to ever come up?
How have you worked with birth parents to help them understand the court process?