CASA volunteers come from all walks of life! With more than 330 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.
Albert Bigelow Paine once said “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” To Wayne Hamilton, “being an advocate is one of those things that is immortal. It is not only making a lifelong difference in a child’s life today, but has the possibility of impacting future generations.”
“Underneath all the legal details - the staffings and court hearings and reports and recommendations - the relationship with the child is the most important thing I do.” Spend an hour with Kelly Cope 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.
“There is absolutely no question as to whether you should become a CASA advocate. Instead, ask yourself can I?” In November 2015, Thad Crawford attended CASA of Northwest Arkansas’s Light of Hope breakfast. The timing couldn’t have been better. Having grown up in a loving Fort Smith family who always had an open door policy for those less fortunate, Thad knew he wanted to do something to help the children in foster care.
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.