Four years ago, Darlene Sullivan was told that she might never have a voice again. Today she is speaking up for the needs of two little girls and their mother as a CASA volunteer.
The judge was at her wit's end. Jacob and his parents had been in and out of her courtroom for years. It appeared that Jacob was once again being neglected in his father's custody. But the judge wasn't sure that his mother could offer him a safe home either. She appointed CASA volunteer Michael Bright to the case, in a last-ditch effort to avoid placing Jacob in foster care.
When Tammy first heard about the CASA cause while watching an episode of the Dr. Phil Show in 2009, she knew it was for her. Raised in a chaotic environment marred by alcoholism and domestic violence, today Tammy feels compelled to protect and stand up for those who are powerless, especially children.
Matthew Perkins likes to joke that he became a CASA volunteer because his local program's director would not take "no" for an answer. But that is not the real reason. In this blog post, Matthew describes the events in his life that convinced him of the power one strong individual has to change a child's life.