The word came down from the caseworker that one of our children was on the run. A teenage girl, "Tapica", (name changed for privacy), had left her group home. The home has the well-deserved reputation where children in foster care can have a brighter future. But all that support wasn’t enough.
The Fight for Survival. Tapica’s instincts for survival had kicked in with a fury. Tapica wanted to be with people she loved and living in a group home with 10 to 15 girls who had also experienced abuse or neglect felt as traumatizing as being in a disruptive home. Her Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Maya Vereen, and I were working on solutions to get her closer to family, but the COVID pandemic delayed progress and the idle time weighed on her. There were nights we couldn’t sleep with worry.