CASA Helps Raphael and Elise Succeed in School
Rafael and Elise were removed from their home when their father, Kiko, was arrested for making physical threats towards their older sister. Kiko told the kids’ CASA Volunteer, Nicole, that their grades were poor when they lived in the Dominican Republic, but had improved since they moved to New Jersey. In order to confirm this, Nicole met with the teachers for Rafael and Elise. Nicole discovered that the children were actually struggling academically, had weekly behavioral incidents in the classroom, and frequently showed up late to school, or sometimes did not come to school at all. Nicole also discovered that Rafael and Elise were having trouble learning and understanding English. Upon her recommendations, the judge ordered that the children be evaluated for special education services and receive tutoring after school. The judge also encouraged Kiko to improve his parenting skills through classes. Not only did Nicole ensure that the kids had a fair shot in school, she also opened Kiko’s eyes to the importance of communication with his kids, and helped them grow stronger as a family.