As a result of a domestic issue in the family that unexpectedly escalated, nine-year-old Susan and four-year-old Teddy became orphans. Sadly, their father killed their mother and then himself leaving them as orphans with no apparent family member to care for them. As orphans, they had no guardian, no insurance and no caretaker with whom they could live. The Judge and the Office of Children and Youth asked for an MCAP to be appointed as their guardian ad litem to ensure that the kids were safe, cared for, and receiving the services they needed. An MCAP attorney was appointed and connected with Susan and Teddy as a trusted and safe adult who was going to help them. The MCAP was able to “hang out” with the kids without reminding them of their loss. Over a period of time, the MCAP collaborated with the Child Protective Service agency, the Courts, the kids’ school, family members and therapists to ensure that the kids were placed with a trusted family member and receiving crisis counseling. The MCAP also helped the kids join a support group for children who have lost their parents due to domestic violence. The MCAP continues to work with the kids, the Child Protective Services Agency, family and counselors and plans to remain in their lives until they are settled in a safe environment.
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