Now twenty, she's living independently and studying at Washtenaw Community College. "She has a part-time job," DeGalan says, "and she's also caring for her nephew."
While he gives the foster parents the credit for her progress, Joyce Tesoriero thinks DeGalan deserves some, too. "It is hard because you need two pieces," she says. "You need a child who's willing to accept what is being offered and people who are there to give it. Dean was instrumental in helping Cathy to achieve her potential."
Things are going better for Freedom this year, too. Though family obligations recently forced Janice Gilyard to step back from being a CASA, she still helps out with the program. And Gilyard told Freedom she could call her anytime--not as a CASA, but as a friend.