Posted by Jason Bean on February 18th, 2015
Anthony spent his whole life growing up in the care of this father. For reasons still unclear, at age 15, Anthony’s father decided the living arrangement wasn’t working anymore. He dropped Anthony off with his mother, whom he had never lived with or even knew very well. At this point Anthony found himself in a new home with a new school, new sibling and a mother he had never been close to.
Shortly after, Anthony and his brother were removed from their mothers care after allegations of abuse and neglect. Anthony was then appointed CASA volunteer Ms. Riley. Anthony and his brother moved into a foster placement and started at a new school. It wasn’t long before this foster placement no longer worked for Anthony and his brother. Once again they were removed from a temporary home to another with another new school.
Eventually, with the help of CASA volunteer Ms. Riley, Anthony was put in a great foster placement. He began attending a new school where he could finish out his junior and senior year of high school without interruption. “I could only imagine how hard it must have been to change homes, change parental and sibling relationships and change so many foster relationships,” said Ms. Riley. Anthony’s DCS caseworker also changed multiple times throughout all of this. Even harder, Anthony was challenged with making new friendships and constant interruption of his academic efforts. “I often wondered, but never aloud, how he would possibly survive, let alone graduate. His emotional footing had been upended so many times. How could he possibly think about his academic career?”
Survive he did. Anthony never complained and graduated high school with excellent grades. He was involved in the school paper and took the bus from school several days a week to his job downtown. Anthony is receiving several scholarships to attend college in the fall.
“I’m not trying to take any credit. Anthony is the real deal. I was just lucky enough to be there to provide him constant support during this turbulent time in his life.” – Ms. Riley, CASA Volunteer.