Meet Chad Sutherland, Advocate Supervisor
Chad Sutherland is originally from Fredonia, NY, a small town about 45 miles southwest of Buffalo. Chad has been an Advocate Supervisor at CASA for Douglas County for about four months, but has been involved with CASA for almost three years.
How did you first get involved with CASA?
I found CASA through a monthly email that was sent out to base personnel at Offutt. I have been a volunteer with Sarpy County for almost three years. I have been with Douglas County since February 2018.
What's your favorite part about working at CASA?
I love to watch the volunteers progress as CASAs. Through training you can see them with the desire to help children and the curiosity of the process. Then I see some nervousness with their first visit. Within a few months, they are owning their cases and making a huge difference in children's lives.
What makes CASA different compared to other child welfare agencies?
The generosity and selflessness of the volunteers is amazing to me and sets CASA apart from other agencies.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I don't have a sense of smell.
The interest in CASA seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
CASA is spreading by word of mouth. Volunteers, lawyers, caseworkers and judges are informing friends of the great work that we do.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
While certain cases may seem similar from the outside looking in, every case is completely different.
What do you think will change about CASA over the next five years?
CASA will continue to grown by volunteer numbers allowing for a higher percentage of cases to have a CASA appointed. It might take more than five years but eventually I believe that every case will be expected to have a CASA.