Why Did you become a CASA Advocate?
I became a CASA Advocate because I was concerned for children who live in unsafe homes/environments. They do not have control of their situation or the ability to take care of themselves. They need responsible adults to see that they don’t continue to be abused or neglected.
How do you balance volunteering with your career/personal life?
Balancing being a CASA Advocate with my daily routine is not difficult since I am retired. For me, it is a matter of scheduling my time and accepting that I am just one voice. It is difficult to not feel responsible for the future of these children.
What was a moment that you realized that you/CASAs do make a difference?
I know that being a volunteer for these children makes a difference. In various cases, children have been removed, placed in foster care and later adopted by the foster parents or others. In other cases, the children were returned to the mother/parents. All of which takes place after seeing multiple community agencies involved in the goal of reunification of the family. It is amazing when the children feel safer, loved, encouraged and believed in and sometimes go on to college!
What advice would you have for new CASAs?
Being a CASA Advocate requires diligence, persistence, honesty and remaining unbiased. The hardest part for me is moving from being very involved in their lives to leaving the case behind and going on to the next. We almost always do not know what happens to them in the future.