Suzy Brewster – CASA Advocate
Sworn In: December 2013
13 total cases, 6 currently
Why did you decide to become a CASA volunteer?
“A dinner guest mentioned it as their volunteer project, and it peaked my partners interest, but it wasn’t until 3 years later that we actually got involved. We saw an ad, and went to the training, but I was nervous and didn’t think I could do it. However, after the meeting I got hooked and wanted to get involved.”
What has been the easiest thing about being a CASA? The most challenging?
“The easiest thing is also related to the hardest thing. As a CASA you get emotionally attached to these kids. It’s nice to watch them and see their full potential. However, it’s hard because you have to stay professional, so you can’t allow yourself to get too emotionally attached”
What keeps you motivated when things get hard?
“By focusing on the differences that occurred because of the help of a CASA. As a CASA, we have the power to say what no one else can say in the courtroom to really advocate for these kids. It’s all about the little victories.”
What is your most memorable CASA moment?
“Once I had to be creative in helping a child who ran up a tree when being moved from his home. He was up there for four hours, but we eventually got him down and to cooperate by bribing him with my dog, Murphy.”
What advice do you have for someone who wants to get involved?
“Don’t listen to your inner doubter. Don’t listen to the excuses. Just give it a try, because nothing bad can come out of the experience.”