Carol McElwain (a Court Appointed Special Advocate) became the "one constant" for Shyanne, her CASA kiddo, as a friend, mentor and advocate. Shyanne could count on Carol's consistent presence and compassion as she navigated foster care and all that comes with it. Carol was able to advocate for Shyanne both in and out of the courtroom to ensure that Shyanne's best interest, wellbeing, and wishes were made known to the judge.
Shyanne is an adult now, a mother of two, and currently working at Sunburst Mental Health and going to Flathead Valley Community College. Shyanne was inspired by Carol to pursue a career in Licensed Addiction Counseling and Social Work. Shyanne wants to help others the way Carol was able to help her - giving her a voice and letting her know that she was not alone in the process. Shaynne and Carol still keep in touch to this day.
Carol was instrumental in helping change Shyanne's story. We work hard to ensure that every child has a CASA, like Carol, to walk with them down the road of foster care - advocating for them and being there for them until they find the safe and loving home they deserve.