Someone There for Me
The children whose stories fill this book...had someone who stood up for them when it mattered most. Many had volunteer child advocates called CASA volunteers or volunteer guardians ad litem.
Many children travel through our foster care system completely alone, with no one whose only job is to help them get the support they need and to fight for their rights, both in court and in the foster care system. Some children, however, get lucky. They are represented by a court-appointed special advocate or a guardian ad litem -- volunteers who devote themselves to helping children who cannot help themselves. Someone There for Me tells the stories of these children and the people who helped them to navigate the foster care system and to build a future for themselves. Written in the youths' own words, these stories are an inspiration for everyone who wants to help children and demonstrate the difference just one person can make. As Pamela Butler, one of the teens in this book, wrote,
To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice.
To give them a voice is to give them hope,
and to give them hope is to give them the world.
I believe that with all my heart.
CWLA Stock Number: 0067
Publication Date: 2004