"From the moment Brian took his first case, he hit the ground running. He quickly gained rapport with all parties, and continues to develop these relationships as the case progresses. Brian has consistently shown his ability to maintain professionalism and show compassion, while tackling difficult situations that have arisen during his case. I am confident that Brian’s efforts as a CASA will have a lasting and positive impact on the children he advocates for."—Casework Supervisor Kara Franklin
1. What made you decide to become a CASA?
I decided to become an Advocate in response to what I saw as a toxic political environment in 2016. It was time to roll up my sleeves and do meaningful work rather than just complain about system. I also had recently retired from coaching my son’s athletic teams as he reached high school, and felt I had the hours a week to devote to CASA.
2. What is your professional/volunteer background?
I have volunteered at FUMC FW as a youth counselor and a children’s Sunday school teacher. I volunteered many years with The Thursday Boys. I spent several years coaching my son’s baseball, soccer and basketball teams. My professional life is centered around owning and operating Jolin Promo, a local promotional products distributor with a focus on apparel.
3. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a CASA?
Do it, you can make a real difference in the lives of the kids as well as learning about the CPS system and being able to advocate for meaningful changes to public policy.
4. What has been the most challenging part of being a CASA?
The biggest challenge in my current case has been to not be judgmental in regard to the birth parents.
5. What has been the most rewarding part of being a CASA?
It is rewarding to know that I have been able to help give my sibling group a voice, and that I was able to help get them out of a very bad foster situation.
6. Please share a special moment with us about your advocacy work with your CASA kid or on your case?
Being able to hear one of my kids refer to their foster mom as “mom”