This week’s suggestion of how to change the world is something that I have not done. I have not done it due to the large amount of commitment and emotional investment it requires in order to do it well. However, it is also something that, if you have time, is completely worth doing because it can actually change someone’s world in the most literal sense. That is why being a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children is this week’s suggestion of how to change the world.
CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s best interests are served while in foster care. Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. That right there is the reason that CASA volunteers change the world. Research shows that when looking at high risk populations, often the only difference between the kids that grow up to be Ok and the kids that don’t is that one adult in their lives took an interest to them and let them feel like they are worth something. Since CASA volunteers are often the only consistent adult in a foster child’s life, they could be that difference!
Through my job, I see multiple people that could have had an easier life if someone came alongside them as they were going through horrific situations as a child. CASA volunteers do an amazing service by being a support for children going through things that no person should ever have to experience. To become a CASA, you can find your local affiliate training process at the National CASA website.