A world of difference: Mateo’s story

Fourteen year old Mateo spent 10 years in foster care and lived in at least 10 different placements before he was appointed a CASA volunteer. During the height of COVID-19 pandemic, he was living in a residential treatment center, secluded from his family, friends and everyone else he had known and loved as a child.
In September 2020, Big Country CASA volunteer Michael Jones was appointed to advocate for him. Today, less than a year later, Mateo is living with family and back at school in his hometown. He’s been reconnected with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and move that 40+ family members!