Directly from the Director – Kesha Waters
CASA of The Tennessee Heartland has been an important part of my life for more than 8 years.
I came across a book at church: I Speak for this Child by Gay Courter. Ms. Courter is a best-selling novelist who became a volunteer advocate and writes very movingly about her experiences. As a mom to a very social teenager, I had heard stories of child abuse and neglect that some of his very dear friends faced every day. I was intrigued by Ms. Courter’s description of the role of the CASA volunteer and what a difference that advocate could make in a child’s life. I contacted my local CASA asking how I could be involved that same week.
Fast forward to today! I’ve been a CASA Board Member, and now I’m Executive Director of CASA of the Tennessee Heartland. I believe strongly that CASA volunteers play a vital role across our three county areas, working directly with children who are involved in the courts and the child welfare system. I’ve seen the dedicated work of our advocates, staff and board. I love being in court and seeing the impact of a volunteer’s report and their voice in court, bringing the child’s needs to life for the judge.
Our volunteers, more than 70 of them, are remarkable people and it’s a privilege to be a small part of the efforts our wonderful program make to support them. Our volunteers are currently serving more than 200 children—but there are over 400 children in foster care in Anderson, Blount and Scott Counties with no CASA advocate. We have lots of work to do in order to serve these children.
Please consider joining me. Share your story with friends, family, and your legislator! Please let me know if there are ways our CASA program can support your efforts. Your work matters profoundly and all of us at CASA thank you. I hope to see you soon!
CASA of the TN Heartland