At first, 12-year-old foster youth Jack wouldn’t talk to his Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Lynn Temple. He might nod or shake his head, but he used no words. Jack had come into the dependency court system when his father, struggling with PTSD, felt unable to care for him and dropped him off at one of the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services offices. Jack was severely traumatized by the loss of his family and home and began having anxiety attacks, hitting himself, and talking about suicide. Yet after months of Lynn making weekly visits with Jack and his family, he finally opened up and confided in her. Through Lynn’s consistent mentoring, counseling and support as a volunteer CASA of Los Angeles, Jack’s life was changed forever. Read her inspiring full story here.