Readers, meet Kristie Saylor.
Think back to when you were a child and would spend time over at friends’ houses. Remember that friend’s parent who you felt comfortable with, willing to share what was going on in your life and knowing you could trust him or her?
Kristie Saylor was that parent for her girls’ friends growing up, the one they chose to talk to about issues in their lives. Kristie says “Just giving them my time and attention meant more to them than I ever realized.” She is the mother of four daughters and also a nana to three girls and one boy. “Children have been a part of my life for a long time and will continue to be,” says Kristie.
Now, as a CASA volunteer, she will once again have that opportunity to be someone a child can trust.
Kristie is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, specializing in juvenile justice and forensic psychology. “Once I have graduated,” Kristie says, “I want to work with children and adolescents that are involved in the juvenile justice system. So many foster children end up in the juvenile system because there is no one looking out for them, to help guide them down the right path. I want to be that person.”
When Kristie is not working or studying, she is engaging in anything that involves music. “Music is the voice of my soul. I love going to live concerts; I am a rock girl! This is a passion shared with my youngest daughter. She is my sidekick for these live events. I also write lyrics, play clarinet and piano, and a little tiny bit of guitar. I am always listening to music, no matter what I’m doing,” says Kristie. She also loves “diving into a good book that takes you to another world, where you really get into the characters and forget about the world around you for a while.”
Kristie found out about CASA earlier this year and thinks that it is “an awesome organization.”
“These children need someone on their side who is only looking out for their best interests. To help even one child obtain stability and happiness would be an honor. Children are our future; without them, we have nothing.”
Becoming a CASA volunteer can be a daunting new responsibility, but Kristie says, “If you want to make a difference in a child’s life, even just one, then CASA is the place to do that. They are awesome! Not only will you touch the lives of those children you advocate for, they will touch yours as well. These children are our future. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than by investing it in these children.”
Kristie is for the child because “Every child deserves to have a happy and safe life.”
Thank you, Kristie, for investing your time in these children and being willing to make a difference in their lives!
Take a chance.
Lift up a child’s voice. A child’s life.™
Find out more about CASA here.