CASA for Kids, Inc.
Amelia has been a CASA Volunteer Advocate for Ingham County since June 2019 and has served as a CASA in two states. Amelia shares, “I came across the term amicus curiae ("friend of the court") five years ago and CASA was cited as an example. Out of curiosity, I started researching more about CASA and came across the gut-wrenching stories and statistics about child abuse and neglect in the country. My heart convinced me to start living a more intentional life. As a CASA, I can help mitigate the effects of the trauma these children endure. Upon first meeting most children in foster care, there is an understanding level of resistance. I take that challenge head on and I provide them with the attention and love all children need. The moment when I can finally tell that they have learned to trust me, lets me know I’m making a positive impact. It is so heartwarming to finally see their frowns turn into smiles.” Amelia explains, “since I was sworn in to serve, I’ve handled three cases. Each one was unique. One case in another state specifically included a child involved in sex trafficking who I constantly advocated for to receive suitable mental health care. It was by far one of my toughest cases. This delicate child needed a stabilizing force in her life. I was determined to be that by going above and beyond the requirements. Witnessing her confidence and self-esteem blossom was most gratifying. This young lady proceeded to excel in high school and went on to attend college despite her circumstances.” Amelia continues, “advocating for these children has given me nothing but joy! I believe we are all created for more than just ourselves. The magnitude of child abuse is overwhelming but maybe, just maybe I can make a difference and change at least one life for the better in a very personal way. Nothing makes me prouder than seeing the positive change in my children when I share genuine love and care for them. I highly recommend others to become a part of this amazing organization. No experience with children is required to become a CASA Volunteer Advocate. CASA will prepare you to be the best child advocate by providing excellent training and education along with continual support from their incredibly dedicated and supportive staff!”