The oldest of four children, Josh’s mother suffered from drug and alcohol addiction, eventually prompting him and his siblings to be in separate foster care homes. He credits his CASA volunteer, John, with keeping his family connected during the turmoil.
“I wanted to keep my family close, in my arms every day,” says Josh.
“Realizing that I could not do that was really hard. But John gave me the next best thing. He made sure my input was included when decisions were made about the kids—including having a say in the families that eventually adopted them.”
Josh is now a West Point grad with a bright future.
*The names of individuals mentioned in this story have been changed to safeguard the identities and privacy of the foster youth involved