Robin has now invested an entire year in the life of a teenage boy. This young man has faced numerous obstacles in his life, and has never known stability. With the divorce of his parents, he has moved back and forth between mom, dad and grandma- none of whom have been fully equipped to provide supervision to this highly intelligent, yet behaviorally troubled, boy. Substance abuse issues by both parents led to his ultimate removal from home. He was initially placed in a residential treatment facility in south Texas, but Robin did not let distance deter her forward progress. When Robin was not able to travel to that area, she maintained contact with her CASA kiddo as well as the numerous adults overseeing his care: therapists, doctors, caseworkers and attorneys. She saw this placement as an opportunity to determine a diagnosis for the boy's issues and investigate medical treatment in a closely supervised environment. Robin also made a point to form relationships with both biological parents and the grandma, and has been a source of encouragement for all three.
Robin's kiddo has moved three times since his initial placement, and is now back in the Amarillo area. His dad has been working his court-assigned services, and he has turned to Robin as a resource in finding classes and books that can help him meet his son's needs. The grandma as well has found inspiration in Robin's unwavering support of this kiddo. Unfortunately, the combination of mental issues, teen pressure, anxiety and depression caused this young man to make remarks at school that, although were not acted upon, were taken very seriously by school administration. Robin is now working with juvenile probation and local mental health experts to make sure that this young life will not be defined by one poor choice.
We honor Robin this month as the embodiment of the CASA Advocate. She has been the one constant in a year of chaos for a confused kid. She has celebrated successes and faced new challenges without wavering, and there is no doubt that Robin is committed to opening every door available to her kiddo. He is deserving, and she simply won't give up.
Thank you, Robin, for not only being a champion for your kiddo, but setting an example for his family and creating an entire support team. You are making a difference, and we are so grateful.