CASA of Laramie County
CASA of Laramie County
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Advocates

Our heart is our advocates...

The heart of CASA of Laramie County is our advocates.......You may ask why CASA volunteers? By the very nature of “volunteerism” CASA volunteers empower themselves through their commitment of time and energy. Volunteers generally work on only one or two cases at a time and their focus gives them the ability to see and do more on behalf of and individual child.

CASA volunteers are independent of bureaucratic constraints that often keep those employed by our local institutions playing by rules that are outdated or often make less than common sense. Certainly volunteers do not work in a vacuum. It takes the strong support and guidance of local program staff to facilitate their work. Careful screening, training, supervision, and retention are essential to assure high quality volunteer advocacy. Although paid staff plays an integral role in the coordination and management of the program, the traditional role of staff does not include routinely working cases. One primary reason is cost-effectiveness; it is certainly more cost-effective to have one staff person coordinating 30 volunteers serving 75 children as opposed to one staff person carrying 25 cases with 60 children. Still, cost-effectiveness is only a small component of our commitment to the use of volunteers.

CASA volunteers bring a much needed outside perspective to our court and child welfare systems, where the children served don’t have to face the court system alone! The volunteer’s lack of past experience in the system not only brings a fresh perspective to what we do, but it opens our doors to the community and helps raise public awareness of the plight of our community’s abused and neglected children.

Most times the CASA volunteer is the one consist person in that child’s life. To a child, having a volunteer working for them can make all the difference. Hundreds of children across the country have been moved when understanding the notion, “you don’t get paid to do this?” It shows to them the level of concern and commitment being made by the volunteer. No, it’s not part of their “job.” Volunteers are ordinary citizens, doing extraordinary work for children, and along the way bringing such passion, dedication, and effort to their work. The volunteer nature of our work is the very foundation on which the CASA program is built and it remains the most effective and efficient mechanism to serve the greatest number of abused and neglected children well. In the over twenty-five year history, well-trained and supervised CASA volunteers have repeatedly demonstrated their competence in providing high quality advocacy for children. Volunteers are in fact the heart of what we do for children.


 

Dave Acton
Kara Acton
Melissa Amick
Valerie Arias
Frank Barnett
Susan Barnett
Amber Barnhart
Nicki Bjorkquist
Tom Bjorkquist
Colleen Boughton
Laurie Box
Julie Brantley
Marilyn Burden
Jan Burnett
Shaina Case
Rebekah Cayzer
Sheila Coe

Kent Drake
Laura Drake
Linda Dugan
Sandie Eichhorn
Vicki Forwood
Sue Frerich
Michelle Hardesty
Laurie Heath
Sue Hickman
Marisa Hilton
Michelle Homar
Lynne Iversen
Annetta Johnson
Lindi Kirkbride
Amber Leach
Mary Kay Lewis
Loretta Lucero
Hayley Mackey
Rita Martin
Mark Mass

Roberta Mauthe
Steve McFarland
Mark McKay
Marie McKay
Marissa McKay

The Advocates of CASA of
Laramie County

Christina Minatelli
Melanie Mofield
Tom Muhlbach
Meaghan Mullee
Adrienne Murray
Stacy Obermueller
Taylor Olson
Paulina Pachello
Chuck Provance
Lisa Provance
Kaylena Rasmussen
Carrie Ravenscroft
Jean Richardson
Kris Rude
Jeri Sanderson
Marshall Sanderson
Daffney Sandoval
Kevin Schei
Jo Lee Schuler
Shelle Scott
Yana Shelbourne
Christy Stewart
Carri Svec
Kylie Taylor
Kathy Thompson
Seth Thompson
Teresa Thrasher
Cheryl Tuck-Smith
Carol Tullio
Pam Unruh
Shannon Van Hart
Patti Waddell
Mariah Watkins
Rich Wiederspahn
Suzanne Wilkins
Don Yeoman
Valerie Youngblood

 

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Learn more about the Faces of CASA at: http://35faces.casaforchildren.org.