I will celebrate CASA anniversary October of 2 years. My reasoning to becoming a CASA is that I have been a mother for 22 years. I struggled with infertility and pregnancy loss so I see every child as a miracle and gift to this world. My oldest son bought a house and had already moved out and my youngest son was graduating High School getting ready to move out on his own. I was struggling with the empty nest! My friend kept telling me I should be a CASA because CASA children need adults that care about them. My sons have been the greatest joy in my life and I felt I still had so much to give to children.
The hardest part of being a CASA is I have seven children with three cases so far. My biggest struggle is seeing the indifference of parents toward their children. The actions of the parents do not reflect the empty words they are saying in team meetings. I struggle with adults not realizing what a miracle each one of these children are. The hardest thing for me is the look on a 5 year face when their parents miss a visit. It may only last for a second, but it is there. They quickly replace it with a smile, but it breaks my heart to see them suffer so much pain at such a young age.
I have remained a CASA volunteer, well, Oh my gosh, definitely because the children need us! These children have seen and lived through some difficult situations that adults would have a hard time handling. When I go to visit my kids, I can see it in their faces that they are glad to see me. It means so much to them that someone WANTS to spend time with them, talk to them, play games, ask them about things they like to do or talk about things they want to talk about. If I can bring them a few moments of happiness in a life filled with sadness, it is worth it a thousand times over.
I would like to just encourage family, friends, co-workers, anyone to get involved. If you have even been thinking about CASA—sign up. Being a CASA is about being the voice of a child, but what you don’t expect is the love you get in return.