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CASA of Northeast Oklahoma News

NANCY GOFORTH NAMED CASA VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2023

Each month CASA recognizes a volunteer as a Spotlight Volunteer of the Month for their work in helping Change A Child's Story. For the month of December, CASA recognizes Nancy Goforth.         CASA volunteers and staff work to help change a child’s story.  They work to make sure children who have been taken from their homes because of evidence of abuse and neglect don’t face dependency court and foster care alone.           "CASA has been on my heart for at least 10 years.  Being a full-time teacher, I wanted to wait until I retired so I could give it the time it deserved.  I began volunteering the year after I retired,” said Nancy. Nancy and her husband (now deceased) have two grown children, two granddaughters, one grandson and a grandson on the way in January.  She has served as a CASA volunteer advocate for a year and a half.  She is currently serving cases in Shawnee Tribal Court.  "The most rewarding part is knowing the children’s voices are being heard and respected to be happy, secure and well-adjusted in their living situations,” she said.  “I get frustrated when parents don’t do what is in the best interest of their children, placing themselves first,” Nancy said. “I have stayed involved with CASA because it is supported and respected by the individuals in the court system and the work appears to be appreciated and valued by those involved with making a difference in a child’s life,” she said. “I have been so impressed by Nancy.  She is assigned to three special needs children currently.  She adores the children and they adore her.  Nancy’s experience working with children in the school system and through the health department has proven invaluable on this case.  She understands the needs of the children on her caseload and has an excellent working relationship with their caregiver,” said Angela Henderson, Executive Director, CASA of Northeast Oklahoma.  “Congratulations to Nancy Goforth on being recognized as the CASA of Northeast Oklahoma Spotlight Volunteer of Month for December!” “It takes a lot of leg work to accomplish the goals to ensure the best life for these kids.  There is no greater reward than when things begin to fall in place.  If someone is interested in becoming a CASA volunteer…JUST DO IT!!! Do it for the children of northeast Oklahoma who need you.  You can make a difference!  All it takes is a loving heart…and a little paperwork,” said Nancy. Something that most people might not know about Nancy is that she loves to play the guitar and sing with friends who also play different instruments or sometimes just by herself. Congratulations Nancy Goforth on being CASA of Northeast Oklahoma’s Spotlight Volunteer of the Month for December! For more information about volunteer opportunities and how you can be a volunteer like Nancy and help “Change A Child’s Story," please visit www.casaneok.org/volunteer-your-time.

DANA AND KATHY CROW NAMED CASA VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2024

Each month CASA recognizes a volunteer as a Spotlight Volunteer of the Month for their work in helping Change A Child's Story. For the month of January, CASA recognizes the husband-and-wife team of Dana and Kathy Crow.         CASA volunteers and staff work to help change a child’s story.  They work to make sure children who have been taken from their homes because of evidence of abuse and neglect don’t face dependency court and foster care alone.      "What attracted us to get involved with CASA was that we saw a need for people who love children," said Dana and Kathy Crow. Dana and Kathy have two adult children and four grandchildren. They have served as CASA volunteer advocates for five years, beginning in 2018. They serve in Ottawa County in the 13th Judicial District. "The most rewarding part is the results we have seen. Two of the cases resulted in reunification with their family and one case with the adoption of the child," said the Crows. "What has been the most frustrating part has been the length of time some of our cases were in foster care. The case that eventually resolved in adoption, the children were in the foster system for over four years," they said. ​ "The kids with whom we work motivate us to stay involved. In our first case, the children had no experience with loving adults, and they called us grandpa and grandma," said the Crows. ​ “The Spotlight Volunteer of the Month selection is usually an individual, but in the case of Dana and Kathy Crow, they are definitely a team and need to be recognized as such. Their dedication and enthusiasm working together to help change children's lives for the better is inspiring," said Marsha Gill, Advocate Coordinator for the 13th Judicial District for CASA of Northeast Oklahoma. "Congratulations to Dana and Kathy Crow on being recognized as the CASA of Northeast Oklahoma Spotlight Volunteers of Month for January!” Something most people might not know about Dana and Kathy is that they have been a host family for 13 foreign exchange students through the years. Congratulations Dana and Kathy Crow on being CASA of Northeast Oklahoma’s Spotlight Volunteers of the Month for January! For more information about volunteer opportunities and how you can be a volunteer like Dana and Kathy and help “Change A Child’s Story," please visit www.casaneok.org/volunteer-your-time.

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