Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021
Mariah first learned about CASA through her grandmother, who used to be an Advocate Volunteer. After going to school for nonprofit management, she went through training and joined our program early last year. Her first case, dealing with two young boys, was brought to the attention of the department when a relative made an allegation of abuse from their parents. While there were no signs of abuse, there were signs of drug use by one of the parents. The children, along with their mother, were moved to a relative’s. The department got the father on a treatment plan and provided the support needed to reunify their family, which he quickly followed. Within 3 months, the family was reunited and the case was able to close.
Mariah’s Advocate Supervisor Matt Cale commended Mariah not only for her work on the case, with consistent court reports and visits, but also for her quick turnaround on taking another case.
“She took her second case within 24 hours of closing her first one and was on a visit the next day. I think it’s an incredible example and shows she was ready to do this work. Even the GAL really wanted to work with her again.”
Mariah echoed her appreciation for her legal team, saying it was a huge factor in her taking another case so quickly.
“I feel so fortunate of my team, from my GAL to my Supervisor. I’m grateful to be able to offer my perspective to a case.”
Mariah’s second case also involves two youths, who were removed from both parents struggling with substance addiction. The case came to light when a school official noticed the youth were becoming noticeably more and more tired and falling behind in class, and it was discovered their parent’s addition was influencing them to the point of keeping their children up all night. While the case opened fairly recently, Mariah has wasted no time beginning her visits, getting to know the youths and those involved on the case, and seeing where she can be a support.
We look forward to seeing her continued work, and thank her for her dedication! Congratulations on being our June Volunteer of the Month!