What made you decide to become a CASA?
My brother-in-law and his wife were foster parents for several years, eventually adopting two children from the foster care system. I saw the difference they made in the lives of the children who were placed in their home. My sister-in-law told me about CASA and suggested that I look into it. Many years later, I did – I wish I had not waited so long.
What is your professional/ volunteer background?
I started my career as a paralegal but spent most of my working years in sales. While raising our children, I volunteered in my community and in the schools my boys attended. After my youngest son left for college, I began volunteering with CASA Montgomery County. Earlier this year I started volunteering with CASA Tarrant County following our move here from the Houston area.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a CASA?
In my opinion, helping a child in foster care find a safe and loving forever home is work worth doing. So, if you are considering being a CASA, do it now for the need is great!
What has been the most challenging part of being a CASA?
While it is a privilege to work with many dedicated and caring people, it can be challenging at times for everyone to reach consensus on determining the best outcome for the child.
What has been the most rewarding part of being a CASA?
Being part of a case that resulted in family reunification. Witnessing the parents overcome their struggles, make significant and lasting change, and being reunited with their children.
Please share a special moment with us about your advocacy work with your CASA kid or on your case?
My first case, after two years and many setbacks, resulted in the adoption of my CASA kid. I was present at the adoption hearing and witnessed the judge hand my little guy the gavel for him to bang to make the adoption official.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or the CASA experience?
I am fortunate to have two friends that are also CASAs. I am grateful for the opportunity to share experiences and encourage each other.
CAS, Allie Phillippi says, “Kim Taylor has done a phenomenal job on her case! Kim’s CASA kids live in Itasca and she has made it her job to work this case and put forth her best possible work. She has built relationships with all parties, has searched, contacted and established familial resources and support for the children, and has done a wonderful job working with me as her Child Advocacy Specialist to troubleshoot issues on the case, streamline our work and build a comprehensive court report for each hearing. Kim is a perfect example of a CASA, and I’m so thankful I get to work with her!”