“The relationships I’ve developed with my CASA kids and the many life lessons I’ve learned throughout the process are aspects of this experience that I will cherish for a lifetime.”
If you could fund anything for CASA, what would it be?
I feel really strongly bout the case that I’m on now where mom just needs more services. She loves her children she just doesn’t know how to parent them, especially without the services that she needs. I feel that my case and others similar to mine would really benefit from more services. My CASA kids wants to be a vet and she’s 14. It would be so great if we had a way to let her shadow a real veterinarian. It would give her so much hope. Academic programs for these kids who regularly struggle with school would be hugely beneficial.
What’s something that you’ve learned through your journey as a CASA?
It’s hard to put into words but I’ve learned a lot about boundaries. You have to sort of learn to find your place in a system that is still working without you. It’s learning to be able to take a step back and see the bigger picture before a move. To not step on the toes of families or caseworkers.
What has been the most rewarding thing about being a CASA volunteer for you?
The relationships I’ve built with these children. Just feeling like maybe the kids have a trusting relationship with me more so than others. The grandmother of the case I’m working on had passed away recently and before she passed away my CASA child really wanted to see her to say goodbye. I took her to the hospital because she preferred me and that felt really good. I’ve always wanted to do something like this.