Launching our new blog series “From the Heart,” each month one of our staff will offer insights on their experiences advocating for children experiencing foster care.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) performs a crucial role in the life of a child in foster care. Their sole responsibility is to speak on behalf of the child – to grasp the complex and evolving details of a case and then advocate for the path of permanency in the child’s best interest. Each CASA volunteer spends long hours under difficult circumstances to understand strengths and weaknesses of those who comprise the web of people impacting the child. The CASA is part researcher, part social scientist who aims to perceive their own, and others’ biases that may cloud judgement influencing the welfare of the child. Here is Olivia’s story, illustrating these intersecting elements leading to a heart-warming outcome…