CASA Volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Learn more about what inspired them to become a CASA and what continues to inspire them to advocate for the best interests of kids in foster care.

September 2021 Mission Moment

Emily Lischer has represented our core values of service and innovation through out the entirety of her case, but most recently her advocacy for the five children she serves and their mother has exceeded all expectations. The children are reunified with their mother and has worked closely with Emily to identify community resources to furnish the family home and identify long term supports, including in home family therapy. At one point in this case a GAL asked Emily “is it part of your role to provide these resources and do this work?”. Emily persevered and did not let this stop her in accessing services for the children she serves. Again - that is the five children she serves, by herself, ages, 12, 9, 7, and 5 year old twins. In late June, she received an email from the mom saying she reached out to all her supports and needed help transporting the children to a summer camp that she identified. Emily quickly acted and called the summer camp to see if they provided transportation! This simple, yet commonly forgotten idea worked! The camp was able to provide transportation. Emily then came to the CASA roundtable that evening and discussed the fine line of advocating for parents when our role is to advocate for children. This sparked a healthy conversation of boundaries, our role as a CASA, and how at times when we advocate for parents we are still advocating for their children! Emily has truly made a difference for this family, and will continue to do so! Her advocacy is so appreciated!