When Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Regan first met Jamari, who was five years old at the time, he had already been in foster care for several months and had been part of a failed adoption. Jamari was removed from his mother who was battling drug and alcohol addiction, and depression. Soon after, Jamari displayed extreme distress and violent behavior resulting in expulsion from several preschools. And even at such a young age, he had expressed suicidal thoughts.
Regan promptly secured his educational rights, established placement stability for Jamari in a foster home, and began advocating for a number of services regarding Jamari’s behavioral issues. Because of his mother’s addictions, it appeared Jamari would be permanently separated from her. However, Regan discovered that Jamari’s mother, Tera, was in fact seeking help for her addiction so that she could be reunited with her son.
Tera was in a sober living facility and was actively making strides towards sobriety. Regan was so impressed with Tera’s resilience that she asked the court to return Jamari to his mother so that she could provide him with the emotional support he craved and to help him overcome his trauma.
In late December 2016, with his mom on one side and his CASA on the other, Jamari’s case was closed by a judge in dependency court. Per Regan’s recommendation, Jamari was reunited with his mother. Since then, his behavioral issues have vastly improved and he is currently thriving in first grade.
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