Laine has been a CASA Volunteer Advocate for Eaton County since February 2019. When asked why she became a CASA, Laine explained, “I'm a social worker, but as a macro social worker and researcher, I spend most of my days behind a screen. Serving as a CASA fulfills my desire to be out in the community, working closely with folks who just need someone in their corner. I've done a lot of work with kids in the past, but now I’ve reached a point in my life where I am ready take on the roles and responsibilities of a CASA.” Laine continues, “The youth I work with has taught me a lot about bravery and perseverance. She finds joy every day despite great loss and trauma. My role as her CASA has taught me that the most important thing I can do is just show up, and continue showing up! My youth knows and trusts that while her workers, therapists, and even her placement may change, I will continue to be there every week.” When asked what she finds most gratifying as a CASA, Laine shares, “Recently the youth I work with invited me to her dance recital. It showed me that she valued and trusted our relationship and wanted to share this special part of her life with me. Having that ONE person in her corner to advocate for her best interest so she can thrive and reach her full potential - that’s what being a CASA’s all about!!!”
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