Bourbon County CASA
PO Box 146
Fort Scott, KS 66701
February 22, 2023
CASA worth volunteering for
I follow where my heart leads me and my heart lead me to CASA 25 years ago.
I began this journey as aCASA volunteer in 1998. I heard a friend talk about this organization she was volunteering for that
involved working through the court system with abused and neglected children. I had never heard of CASA, but when I heard the words “children”, “abused”, “advocate” and “court” I knew this organization was meant for me.
And all these years later, I continue to become more and more excited about the impact of CASA volunteers in our community. I would say becoming a CASA is one of the best choices
I’ve made. I’ve been the Program Director of Bourbon County CASA for 19 years now and have been blessed to work with some of the most amazing volunteers to be found.
As a CASA volunteer I would spend anywhere from two to 10 hours a month on a wide variety of self– directed tasks, including visiting my assigned foster child, attending court hearings, interviewing families and service providers, connecting parties to each other, and writing reports to the Court. I am the advocate – the voice – for the child; this means getting to know the child, but also getting to know their family’s case deeply so that I can speak with confidence about what I believe best for the child’s long– term health and happiness.
Because my position as a volunteer is appointed by the court, I am a direct conduit to the judge on the case and my informed opinion carries significant weight when decisions are made. Because I am a volunteer and do not have a large case load (yes, I am the Program Director but outside of my job I still serve as a CASA volunteer), I can become the expert on the needs and situation of each family.
And because I have access to nearly unlimited training and support, I can help connect dots and solve issues that could cripple the case (and the child’s wellbeing) otherwise. My very favorite
part of this work is when my actions directly dissolve barriers to the progress of the case, helping the child and easing the stress and difficulty of everyone involved. I love seeing anxiety leave faces and
peace come in its place.
Consider becoming a CASA if you love children. Or, even, if you’re not particularly drawn to children, you love furthering justice and peace. Or if you simply want to challenge yourself and broaden your
understanding of your community. You don’t have to be retired (many CASAs have full–time jobs) or have any background in legal matters. All you have to have is willingness to step in, to learn, and to act.
Spring training begins in April. Call Bourbon County CASA at 620–215–2769 or email bbcocas[email protected]
to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer.
Bourbon County CASA