October 27, 2012
I've been a CASA for 8+ years. I've worked with 2 brothers, the younger who is now 17&1/2. His older brother is 23 and employed. The younger has been on a downward spiral for over a year and is not willing to listen to anyone at the moment. One of the hard lessons one has to learn as a CASA is that there are times when there is nothing you can do except make sure the youth knows you're there. He is a great kid with tremendous potential and has gotten every service an imperfect system has to offer including a wonderful, caring social worker. No end to this story yet. The sisters I'm working with are both doing well in very different homes. Some of the wonderful things about being a CASA is the variety of experiences you have, what you learn about yourself, that most of those you work with are very dedicated, and that things can change in an instant. It has been and continues to be a wonderful organization to volunteer for.
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