Erin Leuschke – January 2021
Erin Leuschke grew up in Jefferson City and returned to Missouri in 2019 after living for several years in Tennessee. Her professional work is in Learning and Organizational Development, a subset of Human Resources. In her time away from work, she loves to cook new things, read, and find reasons to get outside.
Erin first learned about CASA while working at a children’s literacy program in Tennessee. A CASA contacted the program about getting a child involved in the summer months to maintain the child’s reading level and make sure she was getting a chance to be with other kids. The whole interaction caught Erin’s attention–this advocate knew the child’s needs so well and, because of that, was able to support the child effectively. Erin says, “Supportive relationships matter so much for all of us, and it struck me that this special relationship between a CASA and a child could really have an impact during a really challenging time in this child’s life.”
Erin advocates for three kids ages 12, 14, and 16. The kids have been in care for 18 months and are currently on Trial Home Placement. Erin really enjoys building relationships with the kids, learning about who they are, and having time to really understand their perspectives. Great job, Erin!