2020 has been a very challenging year. But through every new variable and added precaution, child advocate Mary Selid pushed forward for her CASA children. This year Mary brought her watchful consistency to TWO cases that BOTH ended with foster children being reunified with their parents! Mary’s advocacy so clearly represents the true goal of the foster care system – to make families whole again whenever possible.

Mary’s most recent case had a poor outlook in the first months. Mother Adrianna really struggled to get things on track. Mary made a connection with the family and was encouraging to Adrianna in many ways. When the case plan changed toward removing Adrianna’s parental rights, it was the spark she needed to focus her efforts. During the process, Mary would drive the girls, Cherise and Aria, to the visit their mom to help keep them connected. A trial reunification began in April and did so well, the case closed early – and based on her deep knowledge and involvement in the case, Mary was in full support.

Throughout the case, Mary made regular visits to the girls and kept an eye on everything they needed to thrive. The children looked forward to their CASA visits and cared deeply for Mary. Because Mary stepped forward as a Light of Hope, these girls and their mom are together as a family. Volunteers like Mary are our community’s response to child abuse and neglect: Court Appointed Special Advocates. And you can make sure they have the screening, training, and support needed to keep making change for Oklahoma County’s foster children.

Will you join Mary as a Light of Hope for foster children? Your gifts directly support the service of volunteers serving children spending the holidays in foster care. Be a Light of Hope today!

Amazing volunteers like Mary are changing lives all over Oklahoma County and the state. Foster youth rely on caring, consistent CASA volunteers to advocate for their best interest. Your gift will help ensure more children like Cherise and Aria experience the committed support of someone like Mary in 2021! Please give using the digital giving form below, or you can mail a check made payable to “CASA of Oklahoma County, Inc.” to 1608 NW Expressway, #101, OKC OK 73118 – and write Light of Hope in the memo line!

Thank you for being a Light of Hope for our CASA volunteers and children!

Kim Vanbebber
Interim Executive Director