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"I jumped in and once in, I was hooked"

Susan Quisenberry
Piedmont CASA Volunteer since 2012

As for why I became a CASA Volunteer, you can blame Louise Dudley, a former Piedmont CASA Board member, who suggested CASA after hearing me say I was looking for something that was more hands-on than fund-raising (which is certainly just as important for non-profits!). I wasn't sure what made me think I could be an effective CASA Volunteer, but the training was so thorough and the staff so encouraging that I jumped in and once in, I was hooked.

Each case brings different challenges and rewards
My first case pushed me outside my comfort-zone in short order. I had to rely on my training so that I could meet my kid where he was - and not where I wanted him to be. Each new case brought different challenges and rewards. It wasn't always easy getting information or meeting with others involved in a case, but knowing my responsibility was to the child made it easier to keep going.

A CASA Volunteer really does give a child a voice in court
After writing my first court report, I wondered whether it was worth the time and thought I had put into it. Well, the answer is absolutely yes! The Judge referred to the CASA report several times, specifically addressing concerns I had raised. We, as the voice for our kids, are definitely heard!

It's even more exciting to see a child find his own voice
While our main job is to be a child's voice in court, I have found it so rewarding and exciting to be there when a foster child begins to find his or her own voice. So it would seem an equally important part of our job is to encourage the expression of that voice and to provide a safe sounding board for a child's thoughts and ideas.

Would I encourage you to become a CASA Volunteer - absolutely!
But...only if you can take in all other opinions, reports, recommendations, etc. and filter out everything that is not in the best interest of our kids! I look at myself as a CASA cheerleader for my kids and sometimes, like yesterday, for the whole family! How much better does it get?!?

To read more Volunteer stories, click on a name in the beige box, above right.

To Learn More About Becoming a Volunteer
Register for one of our Information Sessions
held on the first Thursday of every month
Call Lexie at: 434-971-7515
Or email: volunteer@pcasa.org