CASA DuPage is Pleased to Introduce
One of our Extraordinary Advocates
Keisha came to CASA of DuPage looking for a volunteer opportunity to complement her Master of Psychology degree she was working on at the time. Her original goal was to work with DCFS, but after she discovered CASA on the DuPage County website, she knew it was the perfect fit!
Keisha was sworn in October 2020 and conducted all her initial training virtually. This was a challenge for new advocates sworn in during COVID restrictions, as they missed out on personal interactions with their peers and supervisors. Keisha was assigned to her first case advocating for a teen girl, age 15. When they first met, the young girl was very quiet, not social, and was not engaged with friends or activities at school. Keisha worked closely with her, encouraging her to start thinking about her future. Keisha suggested she start by writing her goals for the next month. After she did, they moved on to write her goals for the next year and then into her future.
Keisha also recommended she start journaling as one way to express her feelings—especially during times when she was uncomfortable talking with her foster parents. Keisha told her it was a good way to let her feelings out, instead of bottling up her emotions and frustrations. She also worked closely with the young teen to start writing things she liked to do and was interested in, so when the time came to start thinking about college, she might have an idea of what she would like to study.
Keisha was delighted to see her taking advice and finding these activities were helfpul. Keisha said that in the past year, this young girl has made a 360° shift in her personality, attitude, and initiative. She is now researching the colleges she would like to attend and has a direction for her college major. She is now involved in school activities, including track, and seems to really be enjoying high school.
One thing Keisha mentioned was how extremely helpful her Advocate Supervisor Jackie has been. Keisha noted, “Jackie has been there every step of the way and I am grateful for her experience and support.” She said that Jackie was instrumental in helping provide her with websites for college tours and information on the SAT and ACT testing. Jackie told us that the family has come to rely on Keisha to answer their questions and has been a lifeline to them as they navigate the DCFS process.
Keisha has three children of her own and is a resident of Naperville.
Thank you, Keisha, for being one of our Extraordinary Advocates!