Boone County CASA gets cases one of three ways. See the chart below to learn how!
Can you guess which case fits where?
A) Jenna’s mother was picked up for manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance while Jenna was staying overnight at her father’s house (who has weekend and Wednesday visits per the divorce decree). DCFS becomes involved when Mom is released and a neighbor hotlines Mom’s suspected continuation of drug use. Mom admits that she has relapsed since her release on bail but states that she is currently involved in AA with a sponsor. She states she has never and would never use in Jenna’s presence. Mom continues to be able to provide for Jenna and no substances are found in her home, which is deemed a safe and appropriate environment. After discussion a decision is made that Jenna will be able to continue living with her mother while DCFS helps Mom get a drug assessment completed and search for an inpatient treatment unit that allows parents to bring their children with them.
However, Mom schedules and misses three appointments for her drug assessment. She stops taking both the case worker and Jenna’s father’s calls.
B) Mina and her little brother, Drew, usually get to school late. Sometimes, Mina misses her first class entirely. Mina says that her mom’s car doesn’t always start, and Mom can forget every now and then to wake up to get them to school. Drew, who doesn’t have a bike of his own to ride to school when the car doesn’t start, often misses entire days of school. In fact, Drew’s attendance is at about 60%. The school district has offered to help the family look for carpoolers in their area since the family lives too close to school to receiving busing. The family, however, does not feel that they need help with transportation as the children’s grades are passable.
C) Casey’s parents let her paternal grandmother and grandfather have guardianship of Casey for two years while they were in prison for aggravated assault. Once they are released, they regain custody of Casey, who dearly missed them and only got to see them a few times while they were locked up. After returning to her parents’ care Casey still visits her grandparents regularly, although she avoids talking about her parents. One day her grandmother notices a large bruise on Casey’s upper arm which looks suspiciously like an adult’s hand print. Casey refuses to discuss how she got this mark, although she tears up when gently questioned. Her grandmother calls the hotline, who do not take action because the grandmother does not know how Casey came to have the mark and Casey herself is making no allegations. The grandmother, certain that Casey is being abused, hires an attorney to file an abuse and neglect case for her.
(Disclaimer: As always, the children mentioned above, as well as the stories of abuse, reflect what is commonly seen at CASA. The children and situations are fictitious.)
a.DCFS intact case