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Why did I become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children, those who deal with children who have been abused or neglected? I saw the life-long effects childhood abuse had on my wife, and I wanted to do everything I could to help children avoid this pain and to be able to look forward to a better life. My wife brought me to CASA.
Jim Makris found his way to CASA when he heard an announcement on the radio looking for volunteers to train as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children, particularly those who were abused and neglected. It struck a chord with him; his wife Barbara had been abused by her mother for some years, and he knew how much pain and degradation she suffered, and how that stunted her growth potential. He saw CASA as an opportunity to use his knowledge and experience to help these young sufferers escape from the anguish of abuse and neglect and have an opportunity to live a normal life.
Since October 2009, Jim has been a dedicated and vocal advocate for over 21 abused and neglected children. Jim has said that “Helping others in this way gives me great satisfaction, and enables me to give back to our society for all the blessings I enjoy: my country, friends and a wonderful, supportive, and loving family.”
Jim was recognized as the Volunteer of Year in 2012.