Julia entered foster care after she disclosed that she was sexually abused by her stepfather. Since coming into care, Julia has lived in two different foster homes, has changed social workers and Guardians ad litem, but through the past four years, her CASA has stood by her side and advocated for her.
Julia’s CASA ensured she could prioritize her education while living in foster care. While attending high school, her CASA advocated for crucial services Julia needed to be successful in school, including helping her secure an Individualized Education Program (IEP). During her summers, and thanks to her CASA’s encouragement, Julia has participated in the Northern Virginia Educating Youth through Employment Program (EYE Program) which matched Julia with professional opportunities to gain valuable work experience. Julia passed her Cosmetology State Board Exam and went on to graduate high school as well.
Julia’s CASA stated that she could not be more proud of what Julia has accomplished and that she is a resilient young woman who possesses an inner strength that drives her to achieve her goals. Currently, Julia has entered the workforce and plans to become a hairstylist. While Julia remains in the Fostering Futures program, her CASA will be there to support her through every educational and personal milestone into adulthood.