This Time, a Little More Time

When Linda Mokler was assigned as the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for two girls in foster care about six months ago, she had one urgent mandate: to find out why they weren’t getting the speech therapy they needed. The court had ordered it for them months...

The Road to Permanence

At first, he wouldn’t talk to her. He might nod or shake his head, but he used no words. So it was a measure of the relationship they had built when, after several months of weekly visits, twelve-year-old Jack finally started to talk to his Court Appointed Special...

Do Not Remove

On a morning last August, two cars pulled up in front of Thomas Green’s home, in Watts. They were there to pick up Thomas and his three grandchildren for a meeting at the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The meeting was ostensibly to...

To Life

It was about a year ago. Sarah, then 10, was at home with her mother, Rachel, when she took a terrible fall, hitting her head and gashing her eyebrow. Stunned but aware she was injured, she walked to a neighbor’s house and rapped on the door. “I’m hurt,” she said. “My...

Too Many Drugs, Not Enough Therapy

It’s been about six years since child welfare authorities were tipped off to trouble in the home of then-seven-year-old James, near Downtown Los Angeles. James’ mother had become chronically ill and delegated his care to his older brother, who was also a minor. The...

As Soon as Possible

As CASA stories go, this is a simple one. It involves no custody battles, mistaken identities, or disagreements among stakeholders. But it’s an important story—even an archetypal one—because it exemplifies the most crucial role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate...