In 1996, I became a CASA volunteer and have been the appointed CASA for 14 children. My last case closed in September 2010. I have been a CASA staff member since 1999 in two counties, in Oregon. Every day for the past 15 years I have been given the opportunity to watch amazing people plant seeds of hope in the lives of children who are abused, neglected, and abandoned. Children’s lives are positively impacted when they have a voice in the legal, child welfare and education systems. CASA volunteers chose to invest in “their” CASA children and the rewards are great for them, for the children they advocate for and for the community as a whole. It’s a gift to know such wonderful people, but most importantly, to see over and over again the successes in the lives of so many children.
Volunteer Coordinator & Trainer
CASA 3 years
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
CASA 8 years in Michigan and Oregon
It is a privilege to support our CASA Volunteers. They step up when others are backing away. They push when everyone else is standing still. They listen when there is no one else there. And they do it all for children who have no one else to speak for them. CASA volunteers ROCK!
CASA 10 years
Everyone has a story about how they came to be a child advocate. My story begins with my now 31 year old adopted daughter, Crystal. She lived in foster care the first 3 years of her life never having a voice. Crystal still struggles today because of the neglect and lack of permanency she endured in her formative years. I came to CASA work for all the Crystals out there who need a voice.
I became a CASA in Linn County in 2002 and later joined the CASA staff in Benton County as a volunteer coordinator for 5 years. After taking a year off I am happy to back at CASA in Linn County as a volunteer coordinator, for me this is a great privilege.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” Edmund Burke.
As a mother of two, I can’t imagine anything more important than providing a child with a voice and a safe haven. Those elements are critical to a child’s life and to the community that they live in, today and in the future. I am honored to share 15 years of fundraising and community outreach experience with CASA of Linn County to help make sure all of our children in foster care have the support and voice of a CASA.