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Beth Robert’s Advocacy Made a Difference

Beth Roberts has been a CASA advocate since November 2015. The two young children originally came into foster care due to domestic violence. Sadly, the family was unable to complete family based services and Child Protective Services had to step in and legally remove the children from their home. At the time of removal, the children were developmentally delayed and severely malnourished.

Beth began assessing the needs of the children. She attended all parent/child visits with their mom and all medical appointments for the children. Beth noticed immediately that these children had significant delays. The oldest child was 20 months at the time and he did not speak; he walked on his tip toes thus limiting his ability to walk and he lacked the ability to run. He was evaluated by his pediatrician, and due to the severity of his delay it was recommended that he receive occupational therapy twice a week.  His insurance provider did not agree with the recommendation and the therapy was denied. Beth saw how important occupational therapy was for this child and advocated for this at court. After much persistence on Beth’s part, it was finally approved. Beth also advocated for bilateral orthotic braces to correct his feet.  Without Beth, these important medical services might not have been provided. The youngest child was 9 months old at the time of removal and was severely delayed, underweight, malnourished, and had delays in both speech and his gross motor skills. His recommendation for occupational therapy was also initially denied, but with Beth’s strong advocacy it was approved.

The Court ordered CPS to complete a home study for the paternal uncle. The home study was approved and the children were placed in this new home. Unfortunately, Beth was apprehensive about this new placement. She continued to make regular visits to ensure that the children were adjusting well to their new placement and that all of their needs were being met.  After a few months, Beth noticed the boys were regressing. She immediately reported her concerns to the caseworker, lawyer, and courts. The consensus was that the boys were still adjusting to the new placement.  Beth continued to see the boys almost weekly to make ensure their services were being completed. She noticed the boys were no longer smiling or laughing and seemed very jaded - Beth became more concerned about the boys.  A month later, Beth was notified by the placement that one of the boys was no longer able to walk and appeared to be in pain.  Beth urged the caregiver to take the child to a doctor to be checked out.  When the child was evaluated, it was found he had a fractured femur, a fractured elbow, and was severely dehydrated. A referral was called in to CPS to begin an investigation. The other child was brought in the following day for evaluation and was determined that he had a sprained ankle and was in need of a brace for his leg. The kids were immediately removed from the kinship placement and placed into a shelter.

Had it not been for Beth’s vigilance throughout the case, these children may have remained in an abusive home.  They certainly would not be getting the occupational services that they desperately needed.  Beth spoke up for these boys at every turn and will continue to advocate for them and the services that they need. She continues to be their strong voice and the constant person in the lives of the children.

Beth Robert’s Advocacy Made a Difference