30 Years of CASA Highlights: Jamie Dunphy
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 am a supervisor.
How long have you been with the program?
I’ve been an advocate with CASA for about two and a half years, and a supervisor since November.
What led you to become involved with CASA?
My wife and I adopted our daughter through the Department of Children & Families (DCF). That experience got me interested in social work. When I began looking for a new volunteer opportunity, the social worker who runs the adoption support group we attend recommended CASA.
What do you find most rewarding about working for CASA?
It’s really gratifying to advocate strongly for a particular service or change, to have it implemented, and then to see the positive effect it has in a child’s life. We’re fortunate that we often get to stay on a case from beginning to end, which gives us the opportunity to serve as a constant presence in the lives of our kids. It also allows us to see some of the long–term influence of our work.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I write, record, and perform music. When I have the time and energy, I like going for long runs to clear my head. And I love spending time with my family; we try to do a weekly movie night and family walk.