Sitting at a table in the Edwardsburg library, Nancy Krempec searched her smart phone for a message that a few days earlier had made her cry.
The message, she explained, came from a 19-year-old girl whose real name she cannot divulge due to privacy concerns. Nancy referred to her simply as Jane.
For the past six years, Nancy has served as Jane’s advocate through Cass County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, which matches trained volunteers with abused and neglected children who have entered the foster care system.
The volunteers get to know the children, mentor them and act as their “voice” during court proceedings in Cass County.
Nancy was assigned to Jane in 2009 after the child’s father died. Jane was 13 years old at the time. Her mother died when she was six. Instead of going into all the heart-wrenching details, Nancy simply said Jane’s childhood was very troubled.
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