Enotah CASA has enabled me to help children who have been neglected and abused by their families. These children have nonone in their lives to make certain they receive the nurturing and care that will enable them to grow and thrive. The program provides logistical support which helps me learn about the child and the facts of the case. The CASA staff coordinates court dates and provides me with written communication from the court. When necessary, they make copies of my reports so they can be provided to the people (judge, DFCS, parents, attorneys, etc.) who are involved in the case. After thirty-two years in education, this program has given me a way to stay involved with the growth and development of children and allowed me to feel that I am still making a contribution to the future of this country. I feel that I am making a difference in the lives of children who have noone to be an advocate for them.
I believe it would be helpful to link CASA and especially ENOTAH CASA to foster parent groups. This is a source for possible future volunteers to the CASA program AND a ggod way to engender cooperation from foster parents when working with CASA volunteers. The training program is a really good start for CASA volunteers. Helpful would be time spent MORE on resousrces available. I do believe that having access to local counseling agencies and knowing where facilities for children are located and the services which they offer would be helpful. I personally enjoy going to court to give additional insight into children's needs which otherwise might not be an option for the judge to know. Establishing a good relationship with the judge and other court workers could be enhanced were these people introduced to potential CASA volunteers during training or perhaps thru peer group. Know who does what and who they are would be helpful. I enjoy the support available thru CASA Advocate Coordinators and would not be able to do my job eithout knowing that I have the thoughtful support of these telented people. My biggest reward comes when 'my children' have a safe and loving home. This month one child was adopted and one found safety with a relative placement. Several more are awaiting finalization in adoptive homes. My saddest finding is that so few children are able to return to their families of origin.