Lori Hicks

When did you say “yes” to becoming a CASA? September 2019

Why are you a part of CASA’s volunteer team? I joined as a CASA, partly because my brother & his wife are in the process of adopting a child from foster care. King, my soon to be nephew, has been part of my motivation. I also didn’t feel like I could be a foster parent but want to help kids in foster care.

Do you have a favorite memory from volunteering? Hearing one of my kids say ”Mom has made a lot of progress. I’m so proud of her!”

What age of children do you work with and why did you choose that age? 5th grader, 3rd grader, and two 4yr olds in Pre-K - all boys. I chose boys because I grew up in a family where I had 4 brothers. I had better experience babysitting a family that grew to have 3 boys, better than any others that I watched. These experiences prepared me for boys of all ages, well mostly.

What is one thing that would surprise someone to learn about you? That I was a scholarship athlete in College. I ran with the OU track and cross country teams. Unfortunately I had a medical problem the summer after my freshman year that stopped me from competing, but the scholarship paid for all my college!

What is your occupation? How does volunteering fit into your work schedule? I have been self-employed, until recently, now I’m a teacher. I scheduling around work to visit the kids or make it to court.

What are your hobbies/interests/fav sports team? I am definitely an OU Sooner fan! I still love running but do more walking now. I watch OU football. I also love hanging out with my family.

If you are married, how long have you been married? Do you have children or grandchildren? Pets? I have been married for 23 happy years. We have 2 boys, 21 Bill & 18 Tommy. We also have 2 German Shepard’s, Koda Bear (all white)and Raven (all black).

Why would you invite others to volunteer within our program? Being a CASA is sometimes fun. Like for instance, I just spent 30 minutes in a Zoom call with 3 of my kids and was laughing at their stories, faces, and costume ideas for Halloween.

But the best reason to be a CASA is because you can help make a positive change for a child. Make sure that their voices are heard. Be a constant in a World that changes more than they want. Yes this ‘job’ may make you cry, but letting a child know that they are loved is always worth your time.

Do you have an interesting or encouraging CASA experience to share? I am so excited, my first CASA case should have final reunification before Christmas!

Do you have a favorite quote you want to share? 1Cor8:24 Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize. Run in such a way as to get the prize.





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