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Advocate Impact:  Kimberly Davolt-Flores’ Story

CASA Volunteer, Kimberly Davolt-Flores took her second case in the summer of 2013.  The case consisted of four teenagers, Alice, Brian, Brenda, and Betty, who were removed from their mother for the second time due to their mother’s ongoing addiction with alcohol.

When Kimberly began the case, the oldest child, Alice, was on an extended visit with her father in Corpus Christi.  After the visit, Alice went to the group home with her siblings. Shortly thereafter, Alice ran away and was gone for two weeks. Because of the open communication and strong relationship Kimberly had developed with the family, Alice reached out Kimberly. This trusting relationship enabled Alice to have an adult she could talk to, which enabled her to get off the streets and safely re-enter placement.

Alice’s brother, Brian was in the 7th grade, but functioning below the 2nd grade level.  Kimberly quickly learned that Brian was on eight different medications, and in her first court report, advocated to have them reduced. Kimberly advocated for an ARD and it was determined that he qualified for special education assistance, testing in the mentally challenged range.  She went on to advocate for special education classes, adaptive PE classes, life skills classes, speech therapy and assistive technology.  Brian’s IQ level was so low, that the group home where he was placed was unable to provide adequate resources for him to remain there. Kimberly advocated for a relative placement with his aunt and uncle and encouraged them to enroll him in after-school tutoring. Kimberly further assisted the family by facilitating a connection between the relative placement and Felicia Penn, the education specialist at CPS.

Brenda, also in the 7th grade, was having behavioral issues at school, which included an angry outburst that escalated into violence.  Her behavior was so disruptive, that the school was temporarily placed on lock down. She was admitted to Laurel Ridge and was subsequently placed at an RTC just outside of Bexar County. Brenda began missing her siblings, so Kimberly arranged to pick up the other children and take them to visit her.  Since Kimberly has been advocating, Brenda seems to have progressed in managing her emotions and has not had an incident since.

Betty, the youngest child in the family, is productive at school and seems emotionally healthy. She struggles socially, being the target of bullying, and it is suspected that she has mild form of dyslexia. Kimberly is currently advocating for an ARD for Betty to help clarify her struggles with reading and encourages her to do well at school.

Kimberly’s advocacy for these children has included many miles of travel, arranging sibling visits, advocating for medication changes, coordinating with service providers, helping the relative placement with paperwork, and additional services for the children. Kimberly has already made several huge impacts in the lives of these children, and continues her tireless advocacy to improve their lives.

Advocate Impact:  Kimberly Davolt-Flores’ Story