Court Appointed Special Advocates Essay

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Court Appointed Special Advocates Lindsey Thompson PHI445 Personal and Organizational Ethics Instructor’s Name Monday September 12, 2011 Court Appointed Special Advocates is known by the acronym CASA. This is a volunteer organization that I have been recently involved with. Simply put, we are advocates for children in the court system through no fault of their own. We serve as a voice for the children and as eyes and ears for judges who cannot see or hear everything involved with a child outside of the court room. This paper will first consider my own values, mission statement, and code of ethics. That will be followed by an in depth discussion of my CASA organization and how I would make any changes to the culture and climate. I was born in 1980 and she was raised in a small city outside of Indianapolis, IN by a single mother. Theirs was a broken home, in which a father was abusive and removed from the home for the protection of my brother and I. This was the family’s first introduction to CASA when a volunteer monitored the father when he had visitation with his son. Fortunately, I did not need CASA to speak for in court as she now hopes to do for other children that are thrust into the court system through no fault of their own. My mother raised her to be honest, independent, compassionate, and to treat all people equally. I was often reminded of the Golden Rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated. These values that have been an important part of my life have combined with life experiences to become a sort of mission statement. A world in which we are all equal people, no race, gender, religion, sexual preference, or other differences will cause pain. Thus, I also have had the intense need to help any and all in need that are around me or come to me. Changing the world one person at a time, but who knows how far the ripples of that change will go.

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