“She has made a difference in the lives of children who might have been lost in the system,” said Loper, of Kettering, who was a CASA with Carter.
Carter said that one teenager wrote that Carter was the only person who loved her. Another time, Carter visited a baby in the hospital every day after she learned the child was receiving no visitors.
After years as a stay-at-home mom, Carter became a CASA as both of her sons were finishing college. She and her husband, Bill, also have 15 grandchildren, four of whom help her train new volunteers.
Carter, who was named the Ohio CASA Volunteer of the Year in 2018, travels throughout the state as an advocate and is currently working with eight children from five families. Some kids she is assigned to for months, others for years.
“My promise to them: Until we have some place permanent for you, I’m not leaving you,” she said.