By Jean F, CASA since 1998
I have been the CASA/GAL for a family of five children for the last ten years. When the case was assigned to me, the youngest child was two, the oldest nine. Over the years, they have been placed in numerous foster homes and have had a parade of different caseworkers and therapists. I have been the only constant adult in their lives through most of their growing up. The importance of this really hit me when recently one of the children, now fifteen, asked me to tell him what he was like when he was little, and to tell him some stories about his childhood. What a normal question for a child to ask of a mother, father, grandparent, or the person closest to him! This boy asked me because I am the carrier of his history, something I had never considered. We can never anticipate the impact we make on the lives of the children we serve.