Honoring Dedication and Advocacy
CASA Volunteers were honored on April 30th at our Spring Permanency Luncheon. The lunch recognizes volunteers whose children have either been returned home or have been placed in safe, permanent homes in the last six months.
CASA supervisors shared stories about the cases and the work each volunteer did to advocate for the best interest of the children. The stories were a reminder why it is important to keep working toward the goal of providing a CASA for every child in care.
Carolyn Lin?r - Served on an abuse case involving 3 girls. "They got to a permanent place quickly because of Carolyn."
Judy Godinez - Served on her case for 4 1/2 years. "She said she would be there and was in every sense of the word. She was instrumental in getting him adopted at age 17."
Mikki Tharp - Served on a case in which the parents had lengthy criminal pasts. "She dug into the details and was attentive to the little girl's developmental, emotional and medical needs."
Shawn McCormick - Served on a case with three children and multiple placements. "Shawn was an amazing advocate. She was a great resource for all of the placements. The children loved her and appreciated everything she did."
Tarah Parsons - Served on a case with two little girls whose parents had drug issues but worked their services and the children were reunified with them. "Tarah had a positive relationship with the entire family and it motivated the parents to see people were helping."
Susan Hankins - Served on a case with a baby after the parent's rights had been relinquished. "Susan stayed on top of the issues made sure all the parties on the case were always informed."
Dorothy Walker - Served on a case with a teenager for one year. "Thank you for all your conversations and for being there. (The youth) opened up to Dorothy more than anyone else."
Lynn Culver - Served on a case with one male teen. "Susan kept track of prescription changes, helped him with homework, went to football games, and spent good quality time with him."
Jackie Musto, Gillian Siemens and Jerret Swierc- Serve on cases where the children have been placed in Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the state within the last six months.
Pictured l-r are honorees who attended the lunch: Jerret Swierc, Jackie Musto, Tarah Parsons, Shawn McCormick, Carolyn Lin?r, Gillian Siemens, Dorothy Walker, Susan Hankins, Mikki Tharp, Lynn Culver and Judy Godinez.