SALINAS, CA – DECEMBER 13, 2012 – Former CASA foster child Ryan Moses knows what is like to grow up under difficult circumstances. At six he found out his parents were addicted to drugs and alcohol and a week after his seventh birthday his father was in jail and his mother had abandoned him. In and out of foster homes and back with his father before another stint in jail Ryan almost gave up hope. By the end of sixth grade, he went from one foster home to another, until his CASA representative said, enough.
“After staying at the group home for a year the place was going to be shut down and I was going to be moved to yet another home,” says Ryan, “luckily my CASA sponsor caught wind of that and said this has to stop, he doesn’t deserve this anymore; he deserves a better life. So, she told my social worker that she would take me in and be my guardian. I knew that God was the one that did this. I would pray and pray that I could just go back home, but God had better plans for me. He wanted me to live a better life than what I have been living.”
Now Ryan, a successful sophomore at Palma School in Salinas, has decided to give back to the organization that has given him a new life and has raised over 300 teddy bears for donation to the kids that were just like him. Now they can be reminded that someone cares about them and that someone wants them to feel loved and supported.
“We are very proud of Ryan and the rest of the members of ‘The Know That You Matter Club’ here at Palma.” stated Brother Patrick Dunne, President, Palma School “We have an obligation to be there for these children. That’s why we do what we do.”
ABOUT PALMA SCHOOL: Founded in 1951 in the rich educational tradition of the Christian Brothers, Palma School is an all-boys, Catholic, college preparatory institution located in the heart of the Salinas Valley. http://www.palmaschool.org or http://www.facebook.com/palmaschool
ABOUT VOICES FOR CHILDREN CASA OF MONTEREY COUNTY: Voices for Children ensures that children placed in foster care receive the care and services they need to be safe and thrive, while also pursuing permanent homes for the children. Community volunteers, trained as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), provide practical support and rights-based advocacy for foster children. http://www.voicesforchildrencasa.org
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