Jennifer Chapdelaine – June 2022
This month we are recognizing Jennifer Chapdelaine as our Volunteer Spotlight! “My journey with CASA started about 15 years ago. My husband and I decided it was the right time to train to become foster parents. After finishing the training, we were part of a fost-adopt support group. We had a placement of a 7 month old boy and met another couple with a 3 year old boy. We became close friends and began socializing outside of the group. We each had biological children still living at home and the ages of our kids lined up. My friend was assigned a CASA.
One weekend that same year, my friend’s husband was killed in a car accident. She was left to raise the children alone. Her CASA remained a wonderful support to her for many years. I knew that one day I would like to be that kind of support for someone else.
Most of my children are grown and out of the home. We are still raising that 7 month old boy who is now almost 15. During Covid, I found the time and desire to step into the CASA role. I work part time as a bookkeeper and tax accountant and was able to do all my training online. I was given the assignment of a sibling group living at Coyote Hill. I continue to work with them as we’re on their journey for a permanent home. It’s not the easiest assignment for me, but I believe all children need a loving home, education and opportunities to develop their own gifts and talents. In my role as their CASA, I want the kids to know that I am here through the whole process and won’t give up until we find permanency for each of them.” Thank you for all you do, Jennifer!