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Advocate Impact - Miguel and Amabal Arellano

CASA Advocates Miguel and Amabel Arellano signed onto their first case in February 2015.  The case they selected has four boys and one girl ages 6 to 16 years old.  These siblings came into Child Protective System care due to neglectful supervision by their parents.  They all witnessed their 12 year old brother get shot by their 14 year old cousin at home. The shooting occurred while the mother and father of the youngest three children were in the home.  The children’s mother has proven to be a heroin addict and, unfortunately, a long history with Child Protective Services.   

Upon removal from the home, the boys were placed with their grandmother. All the children were very traumatized by what had occurred.  The boys were just getting settled with their grandmother when they had to be uprooted and moved again due to the cousin’s release from juvenile detention. The cousin returned to the grandmother’s residence where he had previously lived, and then the boys had to move to a new foster placement.   

Although the boys were placed together, the transition was very difficult for them.  It required attending a new school and developing new friends.  The Arellanos had a very good relationship with the children and were told by the younger siblings that the oldest, Jacob, was being a bully and physically abusing them.  Additionally, the placement informed the Arellanos that Jacob was acting out during school and may be smoking marijuana.  

The Arellanos immediately notified the CPS Caseworker and the children’s therapist.   Prior to receiving this information from the Advocates, CPS hadn’t been notified of any behavioral issues at the placement.  The placement provided CPS a 10 day notice to secure another home for Jacob as he could no longer stay there.  Jacob was moved and placed with his grandmother.   She had attended a Family Group Conference to talk about the children and whether she might be a possible long term placement.  The Arellanos were instrumental in partnering with Casey Family Programs to have this meeting so grandmother could attend.  At this time, the grandmother, after strong support from the Arellanos, is being considered for placement of all the boys – so once again they can be together.     

The Arellanos advocated tirelessly to ensure all the children were in therapy and are committed to see this case through to permanency.  Placement of Jacob with his Grandmother has been positive.  

The Arellanos have done a magnificent job keeping up with all the children’s grades and making sure they all have the necessary tools in place for their educational needs.  Additionally, they are in contact with the children’s therapist who addressed the trauma that these children suffered.  Miguel, who is employed at HEB headquarters, is assisting and serving as a role model to help the teen Jacob secure employment with HEB.    

Miguel and Amabel Arellano’s unwavering commitment to these children and all the support they have and continue to provide, is commendable.  

Thank you Miguel and Amabel for making such a difference!