River Parishes Volunteer Spotlight
Kristin and her family recently relocated from California to Louisiana for her husband's job at Valero. The couple have three boys; the oldest is a junior in high school, second child a 7th grader and the youngest is a 4th grader. Kristin stays busy with her children's activities but has always enjoyed volunteering in the community.
Kristin has a good friend in California who is a CASA and encouraged her to volunteer. Once she got settled, she began looking into CASA and decided that this organization was doing great things for children in St. Charles Parish and that she needed to be a part of it.
"After going through my training, I knew that my heart was being told to help give a voice to children who may not be heard."
In February, she was sworn in. She is a fairly new CASA volunteer but enjoys it and says she is glad she took a leap of faith and volunteered.
Kristen's first case was a tough one. The brother of the children that she had been assigned to had died. Kristin took this case head on. She did an amazing job advocating for two beautiful four-year-old twin girls. In the end, the girls were reunified with their father who had been a huge part of the girls' lives since birth. The father expressed his desire to continue to care for his children and provide the best life for them.
"I'm currently on my second case thus far and although it can be difficult and emotional at times, I believe what I am doing as a CASA will make a difference. I often feel like I'm the lucky one because I'm able to help children and that's a great feeling!"
CASA supervisor Akeem Burl said it is a pleasure to supervise Kristin and watch her advocate for children in the River Region with such compassion and dedication.