30 Years of CASA Highlights: Ellen Killam
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.
What is your role at CASA?
I have two roles. I am the administrative support specialist at the Essex County CASA office, and I am also a CASA. I am currently on my second case with my CASA role.
How long have you been with the program?
I have been a CASA since October 2019, and I have been working in the CASA office since February 2021.
What led you to become involved with CASA?
My interest with CASA grew when I heard about it on the Dr. Phil Show. Dr. Phil spoke about how a CASA is a voice for children in the court. Having gone through a divorce where I realized my children were not being heard, this spoke to my heart.
What do you find most rewarding about working for CASA?
In my administrative role I love supporting the CASA staff. What they do is so important and they are all so extremely dedicated. In my role as a CASA, being a voice for children and doing my best to ensure that their best interest is served is an important responsibility that I find rewarding.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I do other volunteer work; I volunteer at my local food pantry and I do outreach and social justice work with my church. When the weather gets warmer, I love hitting the bike trails with my other half and enjoying the outdoors. I hope to be doing more traveling soon now that life is getting back to normal.