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02.08.2017

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Advocate Impact: Jon Truho

Jon Truho serves as an Advocate for Tim (13) and Katie (16), whose mother has significant mental health issues and a history of drug use/abuse.  For the past 3 years, Katie had been living with family friends who had provided a safe home for her. Katie is on the cheer team, does well in school, and even recently got her driver’s license!  Jon visits Katie monthly and knows that this placement will offer her a forever family.

Tim was on probation due to inappropriate sexual contact and placed in a specialized facility approximately an hour and a half away from San Antonio.  Almost 5 months went by before Jon was informed by the child’s probation officer that Tim was on a time limit regarding the terms of his probation. If the first deadline was not met soon, his case would be sent back to Juvenile Court. Jon did not want to see this happen and made it a goal to assist and encourage him to complete all of his assignments. Jon went to the placement and sat down with him to get an idea of what was completed and what was lacking. He assisted him in getting organized and together they created a timeline for all the assignments. Jon made the 1.5 hour drive to and from the placement almost weekly during the month of December to ensure that the deadline was met. By the end of December, all of the assignments had been completed. Everything was submitted to the probation officer for review to determine if the quality of the work met the placement’s and probation’s standards. Jon diligently kept in communication with all parties on the case to advocate for Tim to remain on his current probation contract. Tim’s case was not sent back to juvenile court and they are now focusing on getting Tim the appropriate therapy he needs. At the specialized facility, there are four phases of sexual abuse therapy that he will complete while placed there.  He is off to a very positive start thanks to Jon’s support, encouragement and persistence. 

Additionally, Jon scheduled a meeting with the onsite school staff to assess where the child is academically and what extra services he may need.  Based on this information, Jon successfully advocated for Tim to received additional help so he can succeed in school.

Jon has been very dedicated to both of the children on his case from the beginning. He is passionate about being a positive role model and mentor to them as they face the challenges of being in care while surviving the teenage years. Jon has been a great asset to CASA!

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Advocate Impact: Jon Truho