Name: Sarah During
Title: Case Supervisor
CASA Employee Since: May 2014
1) What did you do before you worked at CASA?
I worked in Morristown at a halfway house for women who were recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. I was an assistant counselor, working part-time over nights and weekends. I ran a nightly counseling group for the residents, oversaw drug tests, supervised visitations, mediated conflicts, and was generally available for counseling/assistance for the residents.
2) Describe your job in five words.
Controlled Chaos. Drama. And Writing.
3) Can you describe what a typical day looks like for you?
Every day is different! But generally I spend some amount of time on court report writing and editing, checking CASA’s case management system, making phone calls to follow up on cases, and communicating with volunteers. I also attend court anywhere from 1-4 days a week.
4) What is the best part about working for CASA?
I really enjoy visiting schools. I like seeing kids in the educational environment and conferring with their teachers about how they are doing. I like seeing how different schools handle situations differently, and how the many players involved in a case come together to resolve a child’s educational issues. Schools are where children spend a bulk of their time so it really matters.
5) What is the craziest/most unusual thing you’ve done in the name of serving children in foster care?
In 2006, after I finished law school and was waiting for the results of my bar exam, I decided to volunteer for a month at a home for infants and children in South Africa. While I was there, a child arrived who had never had a bath and was terrified of water. She had to have a bath, so I held her and tried to soothe her as we gave her a bath. We decided it would help if she saw the other kids having fun in the water so we turned on all the showers and made it into a fun activity for all the kids.
6) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to work with children who had been abused or neglected. I remember writing a report in 4th grade on child abuse.
7) What is your go-to comfort food?
Chicken and dumplings, especially if I’m sick.
8) What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
I know I have a bad temper, but I think it has gotten better.
9) What celebrity have people said you resemble or remind them of?
My brother used to always say I reminded him of Tina Fey in 30 Rock, because she’s a funny mess.
10) If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you bring?
A water purifier, a fire starter, and a machete.