Melanie Pezold – July 2022
This month we are recognizing Melanie Pezold as our CASA Spotlight.
“I remember listening to Suzanne Guerrant speak with our church about the roles of a CASA in our community, and I felt such an urgency to become a part of this organization, that was a six years ago. I knew that becoming foster parents was not the best fit for our family at this time but becoming a CASA would enable me to connect with kids in the foster care system in a different and meaningful role. I did not realize it at the time, but becoming a CASA has and continues to change my whole outlook on what defines a family and the impact one relationship can have on someone else. We often think that we as CASAs can make a positive change for a kid in foster care. However, for me it was the opposite, I feel forever changed because of the child in foster care that made the positive change in my life.”
Melanie persevered through some difficult times while continually building a positive relationship and being a voice for her child. Her child had eight different placements and 11 different caseworkers during the five years, eight months, and ten days that Melanie was their advocate. Melanie may be forever changed because of this experience, but this child’s story was changed as they now have a forever family,
Besides advocating, Melanie also organized 5K Jingle Bell Runs sponsored KCA (Kingdom Christian Academy) for several years with proceeds providing gift cards to Callaway County CASA children.
Thank you, Melanie, for all you have done as an advocate and supporter of HOM CASA!