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Advocate Impact - Enrique Fasci

Enrique Fasci completed the CASA training in June of 2017 and immediately signed onto a three child case.  Noah (11), Emery (10), and Eric (9) were placed with their maternal aunt and uncle after being removed from their mother due to neglectful supervision, drugs, and mental health issues. Their life before CPS’ involvement was hard to imagine.

Their aunt and uncle provided structure and safety which the children were not accustomed.  The children had a tough time adapting to their new environment and had some behavioral issues but with Enrique’s consistent home visits and outings, they quickly began to adapt.  Enrique established a great relationship with the children and the placement.  He assisted with communication between caregivers and CPS, helped locate a daycare in their area, and researched a therapist that would make home visits to accommodate the family’s schedule.

Eric had a particularly difficult time coping with being removed from his mother, he displayed a lot of behavioral issues and caused tension in the home that threatened his placement.  In order to alleviate tension, Enrique scheduled frequent one-on-one time with Eric and held informal meetings with CPS and the caregivers to discuss ways of dealing with his challenging behavior. Enrique truly became a mentor to Eric and his siblings and their behavior began to change significantly. It was evident that their bond and trust in Enrique grew stronger. 

Just two weeks before the six-month permanency hearing, the children’s mother made her first parent/child visit. After the children saw their mother, their behavior instantly and dramatically regressed. Noah become extremely emotional and isolated himself, Eric began displaying very aggressive behaviors, and Emery had absolutely no affect.  Enrique recommended to the judge that parent/child visits only occur in a therapeutic setting supervised by their therapist as he saw firsthand how much seeing their mother affected these children.  Just one day after the hearing, Eric was transported to an emergency hospital after becoming very aggressive with his aunt and uncle. As soon as Enrique was notified of his admittance, he immediately went to go visit him and stayed by his side for almost 6 hours that first day and continues to visit him to ensure he is safe and stable.  

Although this case may end in termination, the fact that Enrique has been there every step of the way shows the children that they do not have to go through this alone.  Since day one of assigning Enrique to this case, he has made every effort not to let these children down as so many have done in their lives.

Advocate Impact - Enrique Fasci