I’ve started this blog because I want to share my experiences and thoughts in and on both being a CASA volunteer and child abuse. I’ll give you a quick background of who I am. I’m a 50 something lady who was abused for 13 years of my childhood in every way possible. From age 3 to 16 I was abused by my step-father, physically, sexually, mentally and verbally. (Naming them all in case you are wondering if you’ve seen child abuse.) As time passes I’ll share more of those horrific years’ experiences with you all. I’ve raised 3 children of my own and probably didn’t do a great job of that. I loved them with all of my heart but not having any real role models who taught me how to parent I was just flying by the seat of my pants! Today I am a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA’s mission is to advocate for the best interest of children who have been victims of child abuse and/or neglect.
Did you know that everyday in America, 1,900 children are abused and/or neglected? And four of them will die! That’s over 600,000 abused or neglected passing through the US foster care and family court system annually! The average child in that will spend nearly 2 years in foster care in 3 different homes. Imagine that if you can. You’ve been abused or neglected by the people you love and then that the court system is going to help you. You are moved in to a foster home…..and then move again…….and yet again. Imagine how lost a child must feel. As a CASA volunteer you are in the child’s life from beginning to end of this court process. For many, the CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. If you would like more information on how to volunteer and help in a much needed are you can get more information at http://www.casaforchildren.org.