2021 CASA of HoCo Advocate of the Year
MEET Patricia H.
"What I’ve learned as a CASA is that each case is different and to embrace each family with care and respect."
HOMETOWN - Gulfport, MS
I’m originally from Gulfport, MS, but through marriage to the military, I’ve lived all over the world. The Air Force brought us to Houston county twice to be part of the J-Stars family. I have a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from MGA and am currently working on my MFA through UGA – Athens. In my down time, I enjoy reading, watching TV & movies, paddle boarding, hiking and afternoon naps.
I have served and advocated for 8 children over multiple cases while a CASA, first in Hawaii, then in Houston Co, GA. I learned about the program from a friend when I told her that I missed being a foster parent and being part of the process of helping children and their families through what is likely the hardest time of their lives. She gave me information about the program and encouraged me throughout the process of becoming certified for the first time.
The reason I continue to be a CASA, and go through the process again with each move, is because children in the system need someone who knows them and is on their side. I continue to be a CASA because not all parents have a support system to encourage them through the process. I continue to be a CASA to be part of the solution to break the cycle of abuse and neglect in the families I work with.
What I’ve learned as a CASA is that each case is different and to embrace each family with care and respect, working with them to advocate for every child’s best interest.