Why Did you become a CASA Advocate?
I became a CASA because I feel it is an excellent way to help foster kiddos through a very rough period in their lives. When all the commotion is going on around them and they are struggling to be seen and heard, I want to look them straight in the eye and let them know someone is truly in their corner with them.
How do you balance volunteering with your career/personal life?
For me, it is all about time management. Keeping a list of tasks and continually adding to it as the case progresses. I am also very thankful to have a very supportive family at home (including foster and adopted kiddos) who understands the importance of the CASA role.
What was a moment that you realized that you/CASAs do make a difference?
I am still a rookie in this role, however, on my 1st case I was able to advocate for a young man who is really struggling and I fought to make sure that other people involved in the case knew of his struggles and was able to get him the consistent help he needed.
What advice would you have for new CASAs?
My advice to new CASA volunteers would be to understand that it takes time to learn the system and all the caveats that go with it. If you don’t know something or don’t think you understand something- just ask. No one is alone in this role. There is more than enough support, assistance, and guidance. You will learn your strengths and weaknesses quickly. Just remember to push through those weaknesses and continually educate yourself. Then those weaknesses will become your greatest strengths.