Mike Goins

Class of '68

Place of service: Court Appointed Special Advocate

Why I Serve

Following retirement, I was looking for ways to serve in my community, something I was taught at Whitworth. I read an article in the local paper about the great need for CASA volunteers working in abused or neglected children’s best interest, and thought I would like to try an area that was not tied directly to my finance background. The training they offered was excellent and empowering, and I have found serving to be challenging, but rewarding. There is a huge need for CASA nation-wide and it is very rewarding, so check out the program in your area.

How I Serve

The CASA program is a national program with state charters. It stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. As volunteers, each CASA advocates for the child’s best interest and offers judges the critical information they need to ensure each child’s rights and that needs are being attended to while in foster care. These children are victims of abuse or neglect, or both. The goal is for each child who is a ward of the court to be granted permanency, in a safe environment, and in a reasonable amount of time. This is usually by return to their parents or adoption. As a CASA, my role is to follow the court orders and to visit with the children, their parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers, counselors, etc. and then write regular reports to the court advocating for what you believe is in the best interest of the children.