“If you want to make a difference and really feel like you are making a difference, CASA work might be just the thing for you.”- Kelly Crain
Meet an everyday superhero, Kelly.
Kelly has been advocating for foster youth with our program for just over a year; but when he originally sought out to give back to youth in care he thought he may take another path. Kelly shares that after beginning the process to become a foster parent he recognized it just wasn’t a good fit for him. “I knew I wanted to make a positive contribution to the experience of children in foster care,” and that drive led him to CASA.
Kelly holds a full-time job within the education field and yet still feels driven to change a child’s story in foster care. He explains that, “With the attention and support of a CASA, the children know (consciously or subconsciously) that they are important and what they say and feel matters,” and that is the most significant part of his role as an advocate. Seeing his contribution help not only the foster youth he’s working with but also the foster parents and biological parents as they work toward reunification is incredibly motivating.
Not that the work comes without hurdles. Yet when he does have questions or needs a sounding board he turns to the support of his CASA Program Specialist as someone who he describes as always having time for him.
If this inspires you to take action we invite you to join us Wednesday October 7th, at 6 PM, for our next virtual Informational Session. You are also welcome to contact our Volunteer Recruiter, Gwen Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.