At the age of six, Pamela and her sister spent cold nights sleeping in the back of a U-Haul with no blankets. They didn’t know when they would eat. One night Pamela’s mother awoke the girls suddenly and yelled at them to hide under a car in the parking lot. When a police officer pulled Pamela from her hiding place, she watched as her parents were arrested. She remembers watching as the police car left and her mother “faded away.” This is how Pamela became a foster child.
Fortunately, a CASA volunteer was assigned to be a voice for Pamela. “When you’re a child, no one listens to you, especially in the foster care system.” Pamela describes her CASA volunteer as “a light at the end of the tunnel. She was everything in my life – I didn’t have anybody.”
"To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice.
To give them a voice is to give them hope.
And to give them hope is to give them the world."
-- Pamela Butler, former foster youth