Meet the CASA
Name: Donna Neal
City of residence: Canton
Time as CASA: Ten months
Q: How did you first learn about CASA?
A: “My husband and I had taken a road trip and kept hearing these announcements for CASA on the radio. Then I got on the Internet and started looking. I figured it was something I could do.”
Q: What made you want to volunteer for CASA?
A: “At first it was a little frightening, because you wonder if you really have the skills and experience to be able to help these kids. But the thought of being able to help them is what inspired me to apply.”
Q: What do you enjoy most about being an advocate?
A: “I (advocate for) a little baby right now who came into care because he was neglected. I think he only weighed 10 pounds (at several months old). He never smiled. Now, he’s with a wonderful foster mom and just lights up when she walks in the room. Seeing that baby smile and laugh is the best feeling.”
Q: What do you find most challenging about volunteering with CASA?
A: “Trying to help children who have behavior problems. You don’t know what they’ve been through, so it’s hard to relate.”
Q: What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a CASA?
A: “Have confidence and know that you have so much support around you. The other volunteers and the casework supervisors at CASA are wonderful.”
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Trinity Valley recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who speak in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children who find themselves in foster care through no fault of their own. To become a volunteer with CASA of Trinity Valley, visit www.casaoftv.org and fill out an application. For more information, call (903) 675-7070 and ask for Emily Heglund, resource development officer.