Melissa Schofield has been a CASA for the past year and a half. She first discovered the CASA program about ten years ago at a festival in Five Points where she stumbled across a CASA volunteer booth. Unable to get involved with the program then, Melissa kept CASA in the back of her mind and hoped that someday she would have the time to become a volunteer. The time did come for her schedule to open up some, and she finished her training in March of 2012. Melissa currently has two cases – one that she was assigned right out of training, and another that she’s had for about a year now. She says that the most rewarding part of being a CASA is, “knowing you are making a real difference.” When Melissa was going through training she thought that she would be, “merely making sure everyone involved in that particular case was following through on their obligations.” However, she has since seen that her voice truly does matter, and she has a significant amount of influence over the outcome for these children. She says that this amount of influence leads to the most challenging part of being a CASA, which is trying to make the best decision about where a child should be placed. Melissa strongly urges anyone who, “loves kids and has a protective nature” to become a CASA volunteer because, “this is a good place to use those strengths to help the most vulnerable in our society.” Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Melissa!
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