January 19, 2013
I feel honored and blessed to be a CASA. After retiring from community college teaching, I spent several months looking for meaningful volunteer work. CASA has met my highest expectations. The screening is rigorous, the training is detailed and helpful, and the ongoing support and supervision are exemplary. Although the greatest joy of being a CASA is spending time with a youth in the foster care and/or delinquency system, a CASA is much more than a mentor or friend. Our task is to stay in touch with social workers, probation officers, teachers, doctors, group home staff or foster parents, to keep information flowing and to see that our youth does not fall through the cracks of our overstressed human service and delinquency systems. CASAs write court reports that judges, attorneys, social workers and probation officers actually read. Best of all, my particular youth, who has been in and out of group homes and juvenile hall, is now in a place where he is starting to move beyond years of abuse and to grow in wondrous and exciting ways. CASA makes a difference.
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