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Cathy Skinner

With a 2 year old, the child will barely be able to speak for themselves. If they have attachments, it will be evident, but being able to read the child’s innate body language will be key. The advocates and case workers will clearly need to speak for them and be able to clearly assesss the situation. For a seven year old, they can clearly express their voice. Although developmentally they can be manipulated by their caregiver, it would be the responsibility of whoever works on that case to do the research to find the truth. The 15 year old, on the other hand, is (although still immature) nearing adulthood and will certainly have biases and opinions. It’s the caseworkers and CASAs responsibility to read the needs based on the age and maturity level of the child.