From CASA kids
"While my sisters and brothers and I were at the emergency shelter, my CASA came to see us and answered all of our questions. She even found my mom and went to see her in jail. She told my mom that we missed her and were worried about her. Today my CASA is the only one on my case who has ever met my mom. My CASA also understood that it was important that my brothers and sisters stayed together because we are family. She encouraged us to care about each other even when we got mad and fought with each other. My CASA knew how important it was for me to know my sisters and brother were doing ok and during the time we were separated she helped us visit one another and told me how they were doing. Then she helped us move to two new foster homes that were only a block away from each other. Last year my CASA found my oldest brother. My CASA called him and now we can call one another. She got pictures of him for me too.”
Current CASA child
"Every time my CASA volunteer told me that she was coming to visit, she never backed down from her word. At first I thought that she never got tired or sick but then realized that she was dedicated to her CASA kids. Nothing would stop her from making her visits. My CASA worker helped me get my G.E.D., my driver’s license, taught me parenting skills, and helped me find a job and a place to live. She really showed me how much she cared and loved not only me but my daughter as well. CASA has been a constant thing in my life. I don’t know where I would be right now without CASA. God bless you and keep up the good work.”
Former CASA youth
"To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world. I believe that with all my heart.”
Pamela, former CASA youth, now an OSU graduate
"When I was 7, a family got to know me and wanted to adopt me, but it had already been decided that I was ‘unadoptable’ due to my acting out and numerous residential placements. My CASA worked and worked to get the court to try to find out if maybe I could be ‘adoptable,’ and when I was, my family took me home to be theirs forever.”
14-year-old boy, former CASA child, now adopted