CASA Stories

Judge Sanders, Roy Sims & Ron MartinRon Martin: community member, business owner, CASA Advocate.

Upon learning they could not have biological children of their own, Postal Graphics Owner Ron Martin and his wife Jill went through the foster care system to adopt their daughter Mari.

“I wanted to volunteer with an organization that helped kids and made a difference.” Despite the Martin family’s positive experience (five years and four successfully closed cases later), there are still children in the community in need. Martin shares, “There are more kids out there than advocates. I encourage people out there if they love kids (to participate). It does not require a lot of time you know, an hour or two a week. Everyone has an hour or two a week they can spare.” Read more here. Pictured: Hon. Judge Sanders swearing in advocates Roy Sims & Ron Martin.

 

CASA Stories (2) CASA Youth, 16 years old: “CASA Was A Change In My Life”

Before my CASA, my life was a bridge ready to break down. Coming from a home with strictly religious parents, where there’s nothing but verbal abuse, and sometimes physical abuse… having to fight in school, and home. Then I met my CASA and as I spent time with her, I started learning new strategies on how to communicate with others with respect, how to have fun and interact with people, and also how to stick up for myself when things went wrong. CASA made a really big change in my life.

Pictured: CASA Youth on her first day of softball summer camp. Her CASA was able to locate, enroll, and assist with transportation to ensure she was able to participate in one of her passions.

 

CASA Connects Youth to Their Community

 

Initially, Nora* didn’t want a CASA, but after meeting with the CASA director and her assigned social worker, Nora began asking for an advocate, and Lauren* agreed to take the case.
After their initial meeting, it became evident to Lauren that while Nora excelled academically, she was severely lacking social skills, and behaved much younger than her chronological age. Having been enrolled in a homeschooling program and participating in only one extra-curricular activity had severely limited her interaction with peers and adults. Because of this, Lauren was determined to expose Nora to new experiences and encourage her to step outside her comfort zone.
The two would often visit local cafes or restaurants, where Nora could increase her interpersonal communication skills and gain confidence in her interactions with others. Although uncomfortable at times and often required a bit of coaching, Nora’s interactions slowly became less awkward and she began looking forward to the outings. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending, and the family’s case was closed successfully. Nora gained a friend, new skills, and the self-confidence. *Names have been changed.