Meet the CASA’s
My name is Lisa Fox and I have been a Volunteer Advocate for CASA for approximately four years and I enjoy every bit, immensely! A little bit about my background: I have been a teacher for 20 years for children ranging from 2 years old all the way up through high school age. At around the same time that I decided to become a CASA volunteer advocate, I also went back to college to become an Emergency Medical Technician. I am now certified and a member of the Volunteer Penfield Ambulance.
My first CASA case was a family consisting of a mother and father who were abusing drugs and alcohol, and had a very abusive relationship. There were two young children involved. Both children were removed from the home. A family member assumed responsibility for the older child, but was not able to take on the responsibility of two younger children. The younger siblings were placed in foster care. The case was open for about a year and a half. Fortunately, there is a very happy ending to this story. The older child was adopted by the family member with the father having continual visitation with the child and the younger siblings were adopted by the foster family. The unfortunate thing is that both parents did resign their rights from the younger siblings, but both children are doing very well and are healthy and happy. Both families do maintain contact with each other so the siblings will always know each other.
When I decided to become a CASA Advocate, I assumed the beautiful task of bringing families together and making sure the best needs of the children and families are met. Who knew that at the end of this CASA case that I would maintain contact with the family of the older sibling? We live in close proximity of each other and therefore I am able to babysit and help out when needed. I have six children myself and my children have become very close friends with this child. I love everything I do as a mom, a CASA volunteer advocate, an EMT and teacher.