When I was in college at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, I was a journalism major. During my junior year, I was introduced to the CASA program. As part of a class assignment, I had to interview lawyers, judges, social worker, foster families, families that had children taken away from them, and CASA volunteers. The interviews and stories that my classmates and I wrote were given to a local author who created a play from our work. The play, in turn, raised awareness for CASA of Southwest Missouri.
When presented with this assignment I did not realize the impact that talking with individuals connected with children in foster care would have on me. Every single person I talked to, from the judges, to the foster parents, and even the parents whose children had been placed into foster care wanted what was best for the kids. The sheer number of children in foster care astounded me, and the need for foster families was, and still is huge. The role of the CASA volunteer is to advocate for the child - to be their voice and their advocate at a time that is so critical and confusing for them.
I am running the Eugene Half Marathon in support of CASA of Lane County. Please help me support the great work they do!
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