Cathy was encouraged to become a CASA by a close friend in early 2015 when she retired from a career as a pediatric nurse. She had planned to volunteer feeding the homeless, however, her friend convinced her that she was meant to do so much more. Over the past six years she has been a CASA to six young girls, most recently two siblings. Cathy was able to be in court to experience the adoption of her first youth and her two siblings by the most wonderful adoptive parents, and even invited by the family to attend the children’s baptisms.
Cathy has always shared her enthusiasm about her activities with her youth with her daughter, Kerry, including the wonderful planned CASA events and what a difference a CASA can make in the life of a child. Of course, she was delighted when Kerry decided to become a volunteer. Cathy was so proud and emotional when she attended Kerry’s swearing in ceremony.
Kerry saw firsthand how rewarding CASA could be and the difference you can make in a child’s life. When her mom encouraged her to volunteer, Kerry jumped on the opportunity to experience the same joy she saw her mom experiencing. She attended training the summer of 2017 and was matched with her first youth in October. Kerry has had the opportunity to mentor and advocate for three youths ages nine to thirteen. She was even able to attend the virtual adoption of one youth just a few months ago. It was an exciting and celebratory day!
Both Cathy and Kerry encourage anyone with a passion for making a difference to sign-up for one of the upcoming information sessions!