BY MELANIE WADE –
Rene’ Roberts, an avid CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer from Mena, was honored last week at the Arkansas State CASA Conference in recognition of 11.5 years of dedicated volunteer advocacy for foster children.
Local CASA Director Cynthia Martin said, “Rene’ is our longest serving CASA volunteer and because of her efforts, 13 foster children had a caring advocate by their side as they navigated their way through the foster care system.” Martin added that one foster child in particular was especially near and dear to Roberts’ heart. “She advocated passionately for him until he was adopted into his forever home.” Roberts said that particular child was a teenager before he was adopted and she still keeps in contact with him.
“I am honored beyond words to receive this award,” said Roberts. “I have a deep commitment to CASA. I feel that it is a way to give these children a voice and to have someone constant in their lives when nothing else is. With the help of God, I have been able to keep my focus on the reason I got into this.”
For anyone interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, they will be holding a new volunteer training soon. To learn more about CASA and how you can help a foster child, call Cynthia Martin or Renee Hendrix at 479-243-9277.