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Celebrating Julie: A Compassionate CASA Advocate Making a Lasting Impact



Dedicating over a decade to fostering vulnerable children, Julie's unwavering love for these young lives led her to embark on a new journey as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer. With her invaluable experience and compassionate nature, Julie has become a beacon of hope for children who have experienced the challenges of foster care. This month, we shine a spotlight on Julie as she receives the well-deserved title of CASA Advocate of the Month.


Julie's experience working with CASA of CGS has been nothing short of extraordinary. She speaks fondly of Vivian, her dedicated support system at CASA, who has been with her every step of the way. The open lines of communication and prompt responses from Vivian have made Julie's journey as a CASA volunteer both smooth and fulfilling. Julie says, “I absolutely love working with CASA! I love the reminders of doing court reports and feeling supported in court. I recommend CASA to everyone I meet with an interest in helping children in foster care but are not in a position to foster children. The children are my absolute favorite part of being a CASA volunteer and I enjoyed our visits together, whether it was helping them with homework, playing uno with them or our chats while I visited them at school.”


Transitioning from being a foster parent to a CASA volunteer allowed Julie to gain a comprehensive understanding of the foster care system from different perspectives. Through her volunteer work, she has witnessed firsthand the vital role played by each member of the support team. “Every member has a purpose and together we are all ultimately working toward the goal of what is in the best interest of the child,” Julie said, while recognizing the collective effort required to advocate for the best interests of the child.

“No matter the outcome of the case or decisions being made for the children, a CASA volunteer may be the only loving adult that child ever sees. A CASA volunteer may be the only person that a child trusts with their thoughts, feelings and trauma. CASA may be the only adult they truly feel safe with. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as a volunteer with CASA.”

Julie's words of encouragement echo her profound dedication to the children she serves. She emphasizes, “No matter the outcome of the case or decisions being made for the children, a CASA volunteer may be the only loving adult that child ever sees. A CASA volunteer may be the only person that a child trusts with their thoughts, feelings and trauma. CASA may be the only adult they truly feel safe with. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as a volunteer with CASA.” Julie's personal experience has affirmed the immeasurable impact CASA volunteers can have on these vulnerable lives, and she urges others to consider joining this noble cause.


Vivian, the Cumberland Coordinator at CASA, commends Julie for her exceptional commitment and the profound impact she has made on the lives of her CASA children. Vivian praises Julie's consistent devotion, going above and beyond by visiting the children in school and building a foundation of trust. Through her diligence, Julie has brought crucial information to light, even uncovering details that were previously unknown to other stakeholders. In the face of challenges, Julie's unwavering perseverance, patience, and grace have left an indelible mark on her CASA children's journey.


Julie's passion for creating stability and trust in the lives of foster children is awe-inspiring. Her transition from a foster parent to a CASA volunteer exemplifies her unwavering dedication to ensuring that every child she encounters has a caring and reliable adult in their life. Through her work with CASA of CGS, Julie has not only transformed the lives of individual children but has also illuminated the importance of the CASA program in our communities. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Julie for her remarkable service and congratulate her on being named CASA Advocate of the Month.


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