As a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Marta Stott personifies the maxim on the decorative garden stone in front of her home: “All things grow with love.”
“I’ve always had a desire to work with children and a place in my heart for children that society doesn’t always focus upon. After working part-time in an after-school program, I looked for something to do voluntarily and use the skills I had acquired in the juvenile detective bureau.”
As a retired detective for the Juvenile Bureau, Marta investigated crimes committed by and against children for seven years.
“The work was rewarding because even though I was assigned to cases of abuse, neglect, and sexual assault, I had a great desire to get the perpetrators off the street. After that, the justice system and Family Services helped the child.”
In her CASA position, Marta focuses on trying to keep families together, while attempting to remove children from foster care and back to the family when feasible.
“It’s good to see that the court process is trying to reform all their lives. I speak for the children. Kids often get shuffled from one foster home to another. If the parents comply with the judge’s orders, they can be placed back with the parents or with relatives who adopt. I try to place the children where they’re comfortable. Kids don’t want to be removed; they want to be with family.”
Hopefully, the love Marta Stott displays in her CASA work can provide the cornerstone for her clients’ return to a loving family.
-John “Yonk” Rosnick