30 Years of CASA Highlights: Cindy Parra
2022 marks the 30th year of Family Services’ Essex County CASA providing advocacy for abused and neglected children in Essex County. As we celebrate 30 years, join us weekly as we highlight the staff and volunteers who on a daily basis help us advocate for these vulnerable children.
Essex County CASA will be recognized at this year’s Family Service’s Spring Gala on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
What is your role at CASA?
I am a CASA Supervisor.
How long have you been with the program?
A little over two years.
What led you to become involved with CASA?
I’ve worked in the human services field for a while now. I have experience in the military working in a mental health unit, being an intensive care coordinator for children with behavioral health challenges, and I am in the process of completing a Masters in social work. When I came across CASA, I felt that the mission aligned with my personal views and desire to help those in need. As an Afro-latina immigrant, CASA presented an opportunity to advocate for children in my community that are in the system that otherwise would not have a voice or consistent person in their life.
What do you find most rewarding about working/volunteer for CASA?
Working with the advocates is one of the most rewarding things about working for CASA. The advocates all come from diverse backgrounds and, as such, have very different views from my own which makes our collaboration so much better. We all see things from different perspectives, offering a broader view of situations at hand and ultimately allowing us to better advocate for these kids.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I attend church services, love to read, sing (which I do in church), as well as spending time with my son, niece, nephew, and parents.