Today we are strangers.
But tomorrow, I will know very intimate details of their lives.
Tomorrow I'll learn of the abuse that landed them in protective custody.
Tomorrow I will read of their medical issues, emotional problems, and their current foster home placement.
Next week I will meet them face to face.
I'll promise to fight for them, to walk along side them during this amazingly tough season of their young lives.
I will begin putting a plan in motion to help them.
To help them find their way into a safe, stable, loving permanent home.
It may be back with a reformed parent or parents, or with relatives, or adoptive parents, hopefully, prayerfully it will not be in the permanent custody of the state.
The state is not a very good parent.
Over the course of the next year I'll meet regularly with them, as well as their parents, teachers, foster parents, therapists, doctors, lawyers, relatives, case workers, and the judge for their case.
I will be their voice in a broken system.
I pray for God to work through me, that I will be His hands and feet and voice.
As I begin a new case in my volunteer work as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) through Child Advocates I'm thankful for the opportunity to be used.
I'm grateful my own family allows me a few hours away here and there so that I may serve children who do not have the safe, loving home that my 3 kids do. I'm hopeful that because I care about the needy and the helpless and the lost, someday my children will care about them too.
I'm confident that although I am an ordinary person, just because I care, I'll be able to make a difference in the lives of these 2 children that today are strangers. I've seen it happen before. Their case is my 7th case, the 13th and 14th children I will take on and fight for as if they were my own.
I do not know them today and will never be able to share them publicly, but after tomorrow, their names and faces I will never forget.
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