Stories of Hope

Dena Zwingle & the "Unadoptable" Boy

A CASA volunteer shares a moving story about an “unadoptable” boy she helped find a home.

Dena Zwingle, Volunteer for CASA of San Mateo County, California, shares a heartwarming story about a foster child finding a loving, permanent home.

After suffering and witnessing abuse through his life, Dillon had been labeled "unadoptable" by some. For Dena, that wasn't acceptable. 

"All they need is somebody that loves them and cares about them and will be there for them," says Dena. "He's just a wonderful kid. He deserves to have a wonderful life."

Eventually, Dillon was adopted, and he's found a family to give him the love he deserves.


CASA Volunteers

These three incredible stories show why the CASA program is so vital for abused and neglected children.  

CASA volunteers Danelle Altman and Mary Lynn McGee and adoptive mother Kristina MacDonald share their stories about the CASA program and the profound impact it has had on their lives and the lives of abused and neglected children.


Hope Begins with a CASA: Daquan's Story

Thanks to his CASAs, Lee and Yvonne, Daquan found the guidance and trust he needed to thrive.

As a child, Daquan's life was unstable and he lived in an unsupportive, dysfunctional household. When his family rejected him, Daquan didn't have the love and support he needed to lead a happy, productive life. But, thanks to the unwavering support of his CASAs, Yvonne and Lee, Daquan learned to find hope and strive for excellence.