30 Years of CASA Highlights: Pam Wanstall

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 supervisor of CASA Advocates; mainly for cases we are assigned in the Lynn and Salem Juvenile Courts. 

How long have you been with the program?  
I became a CASA Advocate (volunteer) In November 2015. I became a CASA supervisor in April 2018. 

What led you to become involved with CASA? 
 I have both my BSW and my MSW and I’m a licensed social worker. Child welfare has always been of interest to me. Prior to becoming a volunteer, I was a stay-at-home mom to my four children and was looking to get back into social work. I started researching GALs (Guardian Ad Litems) and came across CASA. 

What do you find most rewarding about working for CASA?  
Oh, there’s a lot, but I would have to say the two most important are the relationships we build with the children we advocate for (as I carry two cases of my own), and my relationships with our amazing, dedicated, caring volunteers. 

What do you like to do outside of work? 
  I like to spend time with my family, read, binge watch series, and have fun with my dogs (two Australian Shepherds) to de-stress. 

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