“I want to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect,” said Brown. “Children in care need an individual to stand up for them and be their voice. Being a volunteer means I will make a positive impact on a child’s life whether it be to show them that there is good in this world or it may be that I am their positive role model.”
Brown has advocated for 7 children over the last two years. “There has not been a situation that Nicole has not tackled head on,” said Amanda McDonald, CASA Program Director. “She is creative in her advocacy, always keeping the kids’ best interest at heart. While maintaining professionalism, she is still able to form long lasting relationships with the children and families she serves.”
Brown is a first and second grade teacher at Dodd City Elementary. She has been teaching for 15 years.
“Teaching is a passion of mine,” said Brown. “Just like being a CASA volunteer, I strive every day at school to be a positive role model for my students because we do not know what children are going through at home.”
Brown has one son named Heath. He keeps her busy with all his sporting activities. Her boyfriend, Dale is a coach at Denison High School. “When I’m not at Heath’s games, you can find me supporting Dale and his son Trey!” said Brown. She also enjoys running and hanging out with friends.
CASA is one of several programs operated by the Fannin County Children’s Center. When home is no longer a safe place, a judge will order the removal of a child and appoint CASA to serve as the child’s Guardian ad Litem. CASA advocates visit the children regularly, talk to many of the people involved in the child’s life, prepare written reports for the court and testify in each hearing.
More CASA volunteers are needed. The next Volunteer Information session will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing on April 30 at 5:30 pm. Registration is required. The meeting link and directions will be provided after registering. To get more information and register, click here