One week to launch! I hear the countdown in my head! I can't believe it's really happening. As the day approaches I wanted to start to highlight the organizations mentioned in the book. First up is the CASA program. In Waiting on Justin, Haylee's CASA is a lady named Michelle, but anyone interested in keeping kids safe can be one. Our local program, here in Leavenworth and surrounding areas, is the Chelan-Douglas CASA program (http://cdcasa.org). It is with this program I have volunteered for nearly three years now. Director, Sue Baker, and the other staff assist volunteers and are always there to encourage the good work volunteers do.
The CASA program is absolutely amazing. A CASA is sometimes, often times, the one consistent figure in the life of a child in the Foster Care system. As a CASA you are responsible to report to the court what is in the best interest of the child, which is not always what the state, parent or child believes to be true. It is a role that comes with great responsibility and great reward. If you have 10 hours a month to volunteer and forever positively impact the life of a child in the foster system, please consider becoming a CASA.