“Originally, we were separated,” said Julian. When older sister, Liz came to Boysville, the group’s case worker along with their CASA worker began advocating for them to be reunited.
“Their TDFPS caseworker was calling regularly to see if we had room,” said Krystal Costello, their Boysville case manager. “She knew they needed each other.”
In 2018, they were finally reunited at Boysville.
“They made room for me,” said Rebecca, smiling broadly. It was true. Our girl’s cottages were full but Rebecca was able to stay in our shelter on campus, close to her brothers and sister, until there was an opening in a girls’ cottage.
Once back together, the siblings began to flourish.
Liz, now 20, graduated from high school in 2019 and moved into Boysville’s Supervised Independent Living Program. Recently, Liz was able to move into her own apartment in the community.
“Liz leaving was really hard on the kids and Liz,” said Krystal. “They were all crying. But she sees them weekly and talks to them often.”