Our amazing CASA Volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of foster children every day. They inspire and motivate. They are role models and advocates. They connect one-on-one and they are the only consistent relationship a child has during such a rough time. But most importantly, our San Mateo County CASA’s listen to the child they are serving when no one else is listening.
Every month, we like to spotlight one of these amazing individuals as CASA of the Month. This month we are pleased to feature Francesca Jayne.
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1. Why did you decide to become a CASA?
o I wanted to become a CASA volunteer because I believe that it is essential to help our youth, especially during a time in their life when things are really tough. I feel that it is vital that the youth of every generation know that people care about them and that they are not alone in this world.
2. What motivates you to continue your journey as a CASA, or to keep you meeting with your child, or to pick another case?
o What motivates me to continue my journey as a CASA is that I care. I care about what happens to my CASA kid. It is important to me that she knows that no matter what happens, I am there for her. What motivates me the most though is seeing her make progress in her life, I feel like I have helped when I see her take a step forward.
3. How long have you been a CASA Volunteer and how many children have you served?
o I have worked with CASA for just under a year and have taken on one case so far.
4. What do you like best about volunteering with CASA?
o What I like best about volunteering with CASA is the support that the CASA team provides me. I never feel like I’m doing this on my own and I always know that I have an amazing team to fall back on - when I have a simple question or a not so simple situation that I need help getting through, CASA is there for me. I also of course enjoy spending time with my CASA child and seeing her progress and grow as we move forward.
5. What was your favorite memory or outing you experienced with your CASA child?
o I think that my favorite memory of an outing with my CASA child so far is when we were having a chat in my car and all the sudden we just started laughing - I honestly don’t remember what was so funny, never the less that memory sticks out in my mind.
6. How has being a CASA Volunteer positively impacted your life?
o I would say that being a CASA volunteer has positively impacted my life by helping me be a better person. As a role model you must be the best version you can of yourself and CASA has helped me show my best self-more often, which feels great.
7. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
o A fun fact about myself is that I am a huge Marilyn Monroe fan.