I have been a CASA volunteer for one year. There are too many children that are in difficult and unsafe
situations of abuse and neglect. Situations range from drug involvement, mental illness, poverty, and all of the above. Parents in these situations are often unable or unwilling to provide a safe and secure home. All reasonable efforts are made to keep families together.
CASA is interested in the best interest of the child being provided.
CASA volunteers take the time to observe and find facts of the situations in order to make
recommendations to the court about what is in the child's best interest. It is a serious task, and often
difficult to determine. We are the eyes and ears of the court. The court system has many players, who
can have their own agendas. Our only concern is what is best for the child. It is important to remind the court what is in the best interests of the child, as sometimes the legal process drags on to the detriment of the child obtaining a safe and secure home.
As a CASA Vol I have had the opportunity to help children in ways that I never dreamed. I will say that when I was growing up I should have never been with either of my parents but had no one to help me or speak up for me. I feel I am giving the children we serve a chance that I wish I would have had. This organization is one of the most important in my mind because the children of our time are the adults of our future and for everyone we can help and be there for it betters society and strengthens our future. We are the ones sometimes the only ones that are constant in their lives. To be there for them with all the changes that may take place in their lives. We listen, we are important, we teach, we learn, we believe. We are CASA Volunteers and I am very proud to say that I am a part of this wonderful organization!
Review from Guidestar