Fifty years ago this very day, thousands of souls joined together to participate in one of America’s most defining moments. Over 250,000 civil rights supporters eagerly listened as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his infamous “I have a dream” speech.
Dr. King dreamed of a day where freedom and equality was given freely for all. Much like King’s dream, CASA volunteers dream of a place where every child has a safe and permanent home. Through the dedication and work of CASA volunteers, hundreds of abused and neglected children find their way out of the juvenile justice system, where they may be cycled through several homes in a short period of time. CASA volunteers are often the one constant in the ever revolving door of adults in such delicate lives.
CASA volunteers march up the steps of court houses, schools, homes and beyond on a daily basis to lift up a child’s voice. CASA’s advocate for the best interest of these young human beings regardless of race, sex or religion, bringing with them important information for the judge to make the appropriate and timely decisions regarding this child’s life.
Just as Dr. King stated in his speech in 1963, “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” We still do too, Dr. King.
CASA Volunteer Coordinator