Merry Christmas!

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Monday, Dec 5, 2016
















We have a new website!  We are so excited to be able to share it with you.  Our hope us that it will help us feel more united and foster statewide unity.

As 2016 comes to an end, I find myself thinking of all of you and how grateful I am to have met many of you.  I am so blessed to be part of this fabulous program and am so impressed by the caliber of volunteers that join our cause. 

As we all know, Christmas is a time of giving and thinking about others.  As volunteers, you give a gift all year long by being the person your child client(s) can depend on.  Thank you for consistent visits, the phone calls, nights of worry, problem solving, school visits, etc, in behalf of the children you represent.  I wish I could send you all a gift to express my appreciation for what you do!  Although, those of us involved in this kind of work understand that our thank you's usually come in other amazing ways. 

Each of you are vital to our program and the children you serve.  Our system is seldom able to address the needs of the children we serve as quickly as we want.  At times, some even lose sight of the children's needs.  This is why the CASA program is such a vital part of the child welfare system.  Positive things happen for children when someone who cares gives them a voice.

I have seen the difference CASAs make in the lives of our clients on both the local level and now on the state level.  You are amazing!  I have seen so many hours of service rendered; the tender mercies that transpire; sweet connections that are made; progress on cases because you are there to remind others of the child's needs, and the small (and sometimes large!) success's that are realized at the end of a case.  Because of you, the children know that someone is cares.  You are making a difference and we truly appreciate you!

If there is anything you need, please feel free to contact me.

Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!


Melanie Speechly                               

CASA Program Statewide Administrator                                                                                                                      Wild grandkids!