Get to know some of our CASAs

Our advocates are tremendously dedicated to insuring that every child in our network receives the care they deserve.

Becoming an advocate is an amazing responsibility, so we believe it’s best to learn about the responsibility and the impact directly from some of our volunteers.

Mikaela

What difference do you feel you have made in a child’s life?

I believe that I have made a difference by consistently showing up and being able to paint a whole picture of a child’s story. There are numerous individuals involved in a single case and their roles are very specific. I have the privilege to see how all the moving parts are making an impact on the child’s well being and articulate it to the children’s court on their behalf.

One sentence about why others should advocate? Why should others be child advocates?

Being a child advocate is about justice and equity for our future generations to be healthy and whole people.

How have you grown because of this experience (of being a child advocate)?

My professional hat in life is working with high school and college students in their higher education journeys. I knew that becoming a CASA would grow my capacity to understand more about child development and access to higher education. Our children’s grit and resilience in life has continuously humbled me and reminded me that all caring adults can make a positive impact on a child — no matter how big or small.

Elon

What difference do you feel you have made in a child’s life? 

I feel I’ve only made a small impact on my children’s lives, but small acts can lead to big changes over time. Specifically at few key moments, I was able to be a connection that my children needed in order to move to making better decisions about their lives.

“One Sentence” about why others should advocate? Why should others be child advocates? 

In the process of helping youth, you get the opportunity to meet and engage with individuals you might not normally who’ve had experience that you haven’t; learn something while you help why don’t ya?

You can make such a big difference in the trajectory of a child’s life simply by caring and being present, why wouldn’t you?

How have you grown because of this experience (of being a Child Advocate)?

I was on jury duty many years ago for a case involving a parent accused of raping a child repeatedly and routinely. In some way, being a CASA and helping these young people, I have gained some small amount of closure surrounding my experience and memories of this case and this individual child. I wasn’t able to help or prevent the incidents that happened to this young person, but I can try to help other youth in similar situations.

Bob

What difference do you feel you have made in a child’s life?

Bob explained that it can be hard to identify sometimes how exactly he is making a difference for the child. However, he believes for his particular child on his case, he has been able to communicate very effectively with the Foster Mom after establishing a strong relationship with her regarding the child. Bob stated that he feels as though he can be a voice for the Foster parent which trickles to the child in custody. He has made suggestions, expressed his recommendations and asked the right questions, by looking at observations throughout the case to the Foster Mom which in turn helps the child.

One sentence about why others should advocate? Why should others be child advocates?

Sometimes when volunteering there is this perception you cannot actually make a difference, when you become a Child Advocate however, because you are outside of the system, you can look at the big picture and move about the system freely to decide where you want to make the biggest difference.

How have you grown because of this experience (of being a child advocate)?

He now understands the system put in place when a child is taken into custody. He “truly believes he can understand the system now as a third party person and he can take the gloves off to get people who may have been burdened with responsibilities to look at the child differently.

He just hopes he can make that little bit of difference for the child through his observations.

CASA is not your typical volunteer role.

That’s okay. We're not looking for typical volunteers.

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