CASA volunteers come from all walks of life! With more than 400 serving last year, no one story will be the same. Here is just a sample of some of the amazing individuals who work tirelessly to build brighter futures for our children.
Jordan Light is friendly, engaging, and motivated to serve teens and older youth in foster care through volunteering with CASA of NWA.
"I continue to serve as a CASA because these kiddos need extra support! Often a CASA is a beacon of hope and a lifeline to the outside world... But most importantly, a CASA is a familiar person, a safe and trusted connection." Read More
Susan Adams has been a CASA since 2021, serving two cases and teenagers in that time. She is energetic, passionate, and ready to stand up for her CASA kids when they need a champion.
Susan’s heart for the young people she has served, and her compassion and empathy for youth in foster care is an inspiration and reminder to us about why we continue to do this work: our job is to care about what is best for them. Read More
“You've been assigned as a protector as they go through foster care. When you can advocate selflessly, you can make a real difference. I’m not just a CASA; I’m a warrior.”
For Glen, being a CASA is more than just volunteering; it's an identity, and he helps change kids' lives every day just being himself. Read More
“Once you have seen the true inner workings of the foster care system and you see the need, it’s very hard if you’re capable to not do something about that.”
Haley has been ingrained in the world of child welfare for most of her career, including as a former Advocate Supervisor at CASA of NWA! Read More
It’s hard not to wonder how someone like Cindy Rauth can manage all the different roles she plays in her life. She is respectively a parent, an educator, a student, a caretaker, and a working professional. The seemingly immense responsibilities Cindy has would be a lot for anyone—and she does have her limits, but she is drawn to helping others and is motivated by the love she has for the people around her.
Brentt's passion for helping children comes from many reasons. Becoming a CASA was an eye-opening experience for him, and it has led him to dedicate a lot of his time to serving and advocating for children.
“I’m a construction guy, and I think way more people need to know about CASA. If you ever get a bad case, I don’t know how that doesn’t change your world, to know that stuff goes on daily by the tens of thousands.”- Brentt Tumey Read More
Having previous experience working with children, Rachel always knew she had a heart for helping kids. That’s why seven years ago she became a CASA volunteer, and has loved it ever since.
“This is a pretty small way that you can make a huge impact on a child that's hurting. Don't be afraid of the time it's going to take; it won't take as much as you think and it's worth the time that it does take.” - Rachel Jardot Read More
Courtney is someone that likes to see the impact she's making. She knows from her own experience just how powerful consistent effort can be for a child. She sees her own efforts as a CASA volunteer as helping the underdogs; kids that have far fewer choices in their lives, and she sees the potential in each child, just as someone saw in her. Read More
Vanessa has always wanted to make a major impact by volunteering. Her background in child development and psychology and her life experiences, Vanessa is well equipped to handle just about any situation. She recently found a home here at CASA where she is able to make the impact she's been looking for. Read More
Emily Bost may be small in stature, but she has one of the biggest hearts out there. Spend an hour with her and you will see the love in her heart shine through. Luckily for CASA of Northwest Arkansas, she found room in that heart to speak up for the children who need us the most. Read More
Believe it or not, it was a bumper sticker that originally inspired Elise de Waal to learn more about CASA. After keeping CASA in the back of her mind for two years, she was ready to begin volunteer training. Luckily for us, she sold her husband Marius on the idea as well. Read More
According to Becky Richards, she has always been advocating for children. She may not have always been heard, but she was constantly fighting for those who didn’t have a voice. With a career in preschool and special education, Becky knew her advocacy wouldn’t end when she left the public school system and heard of CASA through a colleague who had adopted twins. When she retired, Becky knew just what was next. Read More