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CASA Testimonies and Stories

Savanna: Gaining Ground by Losing Hope

Savanna assumed the role of a parent at a very early age. Her mother—consumed by her addiction to alcohol and drugs—was seldom home to take care of Savanna and her four siblings. Despite this, Savanna longed for her mother to come back to them.

Read how the steady support of a CASA volunteer helped Savanna move forward with her own life.  [Photo by Alysha Beck/The World]

Josh Kelchner: Focused on Family

Before Josh and his younger siblings were taken into foster care, Josh Kelchner played parent to his sisters and brother while his mother succumbed to drug and alcohol addictions. After the children were taken into foster care, Josh did everything he could to try to keep his family together. But it almost wasn't enough.

Read how a volunteer advocate helped Josh and his siblings stay in touch and kept Josh focused on a successful future.

Dashun: From Victim to Victorious

Dashun JacksonAs a boy, my three sisters and I suffered just about every form of abuse you can imagine. When I was 13 years old, we were all removed from our home. After that, I bounced around, from a children's emergency shelter to an aunt's house, then back to the shelter. Without knowledge or the power to speak up, I felt like a victim.

A year and a half later, I met my CASA volunteer, Robert. And everything changed.

Read Dashun's story..

Laura: A Journey of Survival

Laura NunesLong before my feet touched Iraqi soil—before I even joined the United States Marine Corps—I was a veteran of a long war for survival....

Read Laura's story.

Read an article about Laura and Sally in the American Legion's magazine.