Bess and Brady Allen, both retired educators, have been CASA volunteers since February of last year. "We have worked with these children for years in classrooms and programs but we never had a way to help their home situations. Now we can help change circumstances and advocate for what is in the best interest of the children." The pair is currently on their third case with CASA.
On working as a pair, Bess and Brady say that they benefit from each others strengths. One is more analytical, takes verbatim notes, and is better at reading body language while the other tends to be more global in thinking, feeling out situations and noticing peoples interactions. Together they do a lot of creative problem solving. Having someone to bounce ideas off of allows them to dig deeper into situations and ultimately provides more support to the children and families they serve.
On a case that led them to the Atlanta Burn Center Bess and Brady were able to take advantage of their extra man power. While one was able to hold interviews, the other went on to obtain medical records to make sure nothing had slipped through the cracks for the child they were advocating for. They've been able to keep each other on top of their cases, like the time they had a child that was in need of surgery for a cleft palet. They kept on the case until their efforts were rewarded and the little girl was able to have the surgery she needed!
Their advice for CASAs is to start gathering facts as a team and keep in close touch with your supervisor.
"We are helping save the lives of children who have been victimized"
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