Holly Schlaack stands strong and tall as a voice for children who often have none. Deeply moved by the plight of invisible children in the foster care system, she has tirelessly advocated in the courts on their behalf. She has put her time and energy on the line, acting as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and gone the extra mile to insure the best interests of abused and neglected children are served. Holly also has extensive experience supervising Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), mentoring and encouraging them to excellence in assisting the children in their charge.
In 2000, Holly developed Building Blocks: Specialized Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Infants and Toddlers. This innovative program has become a model of quality advocacy for CASA Programs around the country and was awarded special recognition by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Holly co-founded and served as President of the Southwest Chapter of the Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health (OAIMH), served on the state board of OAIMH, and has presented at various conferences regarding young children and the juvenile court system. Holly and her husband, Ed, live in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are the devoted parents of three children, Hanna, Grace and Ben.
Every so often a story hits the headlines and for a brief moment people awaken to the plight of a child in foster care. These stories are not uncommon, they are just not often told. Invisible Kids reveals an insider’s view of foster care—the successes and the failures—and details how the foster care system can be improved. It tugs at the heartstrings and motivates action.