Hearts of Yolo Update: Holly Wong

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017

Last year we profiled Holly Wong, one of our incredible CASA volunteers. Today we are excited to share an update about her Holly Wongexperiences as a CASA volunteer this past year.

1) Please describe a recent special moment that stands out to you as a CASA volunteer:

My favorite moment came recently when my CASA child and I sat down to plan our summer activities together. She is so excited to spend time together throughout the summer, and the top thing on her list was asking me to take her to a local college campus. Knowing that only 10% of foster youth go to college made me grateful to have the chance to walk around campus and talk about higher education together.

2) What has surprised you the most about being a CASA volunteer?

The most surprising thing to me was when my foster youth’s mom expressed her gratitude. In the midst of a family crisis, she’s grateful for additional support and for someone else looking out for her kid. To see all of the involved parties truly working toward the best interest of the child, even if we don’t always agree on what that looks like, is really encouraging.

3) What has been the hardest part of being a CASA volunteer?

Right now the hardest part is knowing that this case is coming to an end. My kiddo asks me regularly how much longer we’ll have together and if we can stay friends afterwards. Of course we’ll stay friends, but my role in her life will change as her home life stabilizes. While it can be hard to bond with a CASA youth during a season of crisis and then take a step back, it is very rewarding to know I was able to have a role in the process.

4) What are your next steps as a CASA volunteer?

Right now I’m preparing my next court report and talking to my foster youth and others involved about the next court date. I’m also looking forward to a fun-filled summer of time at the library, walking around college campuses, and swimming together.

5) If you had to sum up being a CASA volunteer in one sentence, what would you say?

Being a CASA is a great opportunity to truly make a difference for a youth facing challenges that I can hardly imagine.

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