Grace McKissick has been serving as a CASA advocate since October of 2021. Grace first became interested in CASA after learning about the organization’s impact while enrolled as a freshman at the University of Mississippi, and she immediately knew she wanted to get involved.
“I have had a heart for the foster care system since I was fifteen, and I was in awe of the way that CASA advocated for children right here in Lafayette County,” Grace says. “After learning about CASA my freshman year, I knew I wanted to be an advocate as soon as I turned 21 and became eligible to do so.”
Overall, Grace hopes that through her diligent work with CASA, she is able to continue acting as a friend to children and families while extending a branch of support as they navigate challenges.
“Cases are complex and can be extremely challenging,” Grace reveals. “However, I think I have learned that showing up and giving your best attention and care can be impactful. At CASA, you get the opportunity to show up and meet families where they are, to be a place of dependency, and to be an advocate and a listener.”
When balancing her education along with being a CASA volunteer, Grace finds it easiest to organize her advocacy work through a planner and handwritten notes. Although managing volunteer work and coursework can be challenging, Grace has a strong, encouraging team behind her.
“The CASA team consistently aids me in time management and organization. Erin, Terrica, and Kim help me schedule meetings, discuss case details, and prepare for court dates. As a public policy major, it has been an incredible opportunity to get hands-on experience with an organization that I love.”
Grace says she has been able to witness the life-changing effects of CASA through its consistent advocacy for children and families. Grace shares, “Whether it be something big or small, CASA aims to fill those gaps and create a meaningful impact.”