Hearts of Yolo: Kara Marsh-Armstrong

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018

                A calling to help children has shaped Kara Marsh-Armstrong’s journey to becoming both an advocate supervisor and CASA volunteer. For the first two decades of her career, Kara was a biotech patent attorney. Then, a desire to work with children led her to pursue her Master’s degree in special education and become a teacher. “I worked with smart children who had diagnoses like autism and dyslexia. I loved helping them learn and thrive in their own ways.”

                A couple of years ago, Kara moved to the area with her husband from the east coast so he could take a professorship in the Department of Ophthalmology at UC Davis Medical Center. “Two of my children were college aged at the time, but my husband and I thought it was important for me to stay home with my younger daughter while we adjusted to a cross country move.”

                As time passed, Kara wanted to continue her calling of serving children. “I had heard about CASA when I was an attorney back east and was happy to see there was a CASA organization in Yolo County. At the end of my volunteer training, I heard there was an advocate supervisor position open and decided to apply.”

                Kara’s background happened to be a perfect fit for the job. “My experience as an attorney helps me to help my volunteers navigate the legal and advocacy component, while my background as a special education teacher enables me to guide volunteers through the educational system as they advocate for their youths.”

                Kara calls her position as an advocate supervisor a “heart strings” job. “Sometimes it’s tough because when the phone rings, you don’t always get good news. But, I am continually impressed by all of the people I am meeting with big hearts through Yolo County CASA. It is special to be a part of an organization full of people who just want to make the world a better place for children in need.”

                Also a CASA volunteer, Kara enjoys spending time with a 12-year-old CASA child. She especially enjoys when her CASA child shares with her happy memories about her childhood. “Childhood can be so different for foster children. It’s nice to hear that there were lots of happy times too.”

                 To anyone considering becoming a CASA volunteer, Kara says, “Put fear aside and follow your heart. I’ve never regretted following a calling to help children and I feel fortunate that I am able to make a difference each day. I can’t think of a more rewarding organization to be a part of. Join us.”

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