It’s time to shine a spotlight on a CASA volunteer! Meet Heather Kellum, one of CASA’s first volunteers! Heather has a strong passion for children that developed from growing up in a home that was not supportive and loving. After learning about CASA and what advocates do, she felt that being an advocate would work for her. Heather was sworn into the court in the Fall of 2015, and is now on her second case.
Heather has worked with younger children as well as transitional youth. Her first case involved an 18-year-old. They are still connected even though the case closed. When the time came for the youth to age out, Heather made sure to let her know that even though she would no longer be her CASA that would not mean that she would no longer be her friend. The foster youth still introduces Heather as her “foster mother”.
Heather is a pediatric nurse, a youth leader for her church, and a mom of three. You could say that working with children is her thing! She has balanced all of her hats quite well. If something is important to her, she makes time for it. Heather’s children understand her role as a CASA volunteer, and they are proud of their mother for giving a voice to children in foster care
This CASA has blossomed in her advocacy role and believes that she is making a difference in a few lives. She is thankful for a great network of other volunteers that share the same passion and grateful to advocate for vulnerable youth that need a voice.