Today Is Our CASA Cultivation Meeting.
I belong to a volunteer organization called CASA, which stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children. We are advocates in the Family Courts for neglected and abused children who find themselves in the court system. We each have one or two cases which we follow from the time the case is accepted into the court system to the conclusion of the case: reunification of the family or termination of the parental rights. I am currently finishing up my case, which resulted in termination of parental rights and reunification (it was a little complicated) and will finally wind up in May.
Today all the volunteers who report to my supervisor have a meeting to discuss our cases and our concerns and ask questions and generally get to know one another better. We have these meetings a couple of times a year and it’s a good time to interact with your peers outside of a training session. Our supervisor is great. She’s always available to answer individual questions and tries to go with us to our court dates or provide a substitute if she can’t make it. She’s a fabulous mentor, making great comments on our court reports and suggesting changes and explaining why she thinks those changes should be made. So I’m glad we’re having our Cultivation Meeting today.