The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of the Second Judicial District has selected Dr. Tad Margolis as its Volunteer of the Month for September 2017. Margolis has served as a CASA volunteer since December 2016. Volunteers serve as sworn officers of the court, and help to investigate and gather information on cases when children are removed from a home due to abuse or neglect. The CASA information is provided to a judge who makes the decision whether appropriate steps have been taken to return the children to the home or to find them new, safe and permanent homes.
“I was serving on the Craighead Community Foundation when I heard how CASA was looking to start a program with a focus on teenagers. This sparked my interest in wanting to become a CASA Volunteer because I love working with children and enjoy volunteering,” said Margolis.
Margolis picked up two cases the day she got sworn in as a CASA Volunteer. “They were a set of six siblings and all were attending the same school district at the time. Unfortunately, now they are all spread throughout the state. I have been working closely with the Attorney Ad-Litem and other resources to make sure they kids have all the things they need in their current placement,” Margolis added.
“The dedication Tad has shown to the kids in her cases is inspiring to me. She goes above and beyond to ensure the best interest of the child is known by court personnel. She focuses on the most pressing needs of the children and they all know that they truly have a friend in Tad,” stated Executive Director, Jeremy Biggs.
“I feel like I am making a difference. The kids love me and although there have been many changes throughout their time in foster care, I have been that constant for them, said Margolis. “I love going to their school and having lunch with them. I love that they include me in life events, birthday parties, dance recitals, and more.”
Not only does Margolis spend some of her free time with CASA, she is also married to Dr. Margolis and they have a 13 year old son. She was elected to be one of the AR State School Board Regional Directors. She has had much experience volunteering in her community with Junior Auxiliary, Humane Society, Church Health Center, and the Parent Teacher Association.