Helping a Disabled Child
A CASA is assigned to a severely disabled child who for years has been institutionalized at a nursing home. The CASA visits the child regularly, and finds her to be alone much of the time. On questioning the child’s physician, the CASA learns that “institutionalization for this child is not absolutely necessary.” The CASA talks to the child’s service providers and, working collaboratively with them, sees to it that this child is placed with a sibling in a foster home that cares for medically fragile children. Eliminating years and years of institutional care will generate tremendous savings for taxpayers, but most important, this child is now in a stable, loving home.