Greetings, CASA supporters!

They say smells can create powerful memories, and I can still remember the scents associated with a new school year: fresh paper, a newly waxed hallway and food smells wafting from the cafeteria.

In fact, they’re probably why I like office supplies and lunch so much today, haha.

I was raised in Athens and am proud to have graduated from the school system here. Growing up, I had the security of knowing exactly which school I would attend each year and which friends would be with me in class.

I never wondered if my parents would be there when I got home from school.

I never wondered if the same place I started a school year would be the same place I finished it.

I never wondered if a worker would show up at school one day to move me to a new family in a new city with a new school.

I never wondered if I should even bother making friends because I might be moved – again – and lose touch with them.

Sadly, these are things many of our children in foster care have wondered or are thinking about right now, on the cusp of a new school year. When a child’s life is upended by being pulled into foster care, they desperately need adults in their lives who will provide stability and consistency.

At CASA, we believe that committed, caring adults can make a positive difference in a child’s life. We believe that children need to know they have someone in their corner, fighting for their right to be seen and heard. We believe no child should wonder whether they will get to stay in their school or home or community.

Could you be the person who gives a child the consistency and stability they need during the most difficult time in his or her young life?

CASA of Trinity Valley – serving Anderson, Cherokee and Henderson counties – is always in need of volunteers to stand up for children who have been abused or neglected. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please visit www.casaoftv.org to apply or call (903) 675-7070 today!