Marlene Beckman is a CASA for 17-year-old Annie*. Marlene has been working with Annie since
March 2019, and during this time, Annie resided in a residential treatment center before transitioning to a foster home then a group home. Marlene has felt strongly that Annie could benefit from having a mentor who could remain committed and who could dedicate their time to working with Annie as she moved from placement to placement and navigated the changes that came with this. At the most recent court
hearing, it was ordered, at Marlene’s recommendation, that a mentor be assigned. Annie is now living at
home with her mother and siblings and has been working with a mentor for a few months. Annie and her
mother have both said that they are very grateful to have the mentor, as Annie finishes high school and
prepares for her case to close, as the mentor can remain a support in their lives.