Meet Volunteer Advocate Susy Soltero

Mar 24 2016

"Doing this, I've learned to listen more to the children. I've learned to understand them better and I've learned to appreciate them more," said Susy Soltero, a Compliance Officer for the Travis County Tax Office, a mother of two and a grandmother of two. "They are so intelligent and it doesn't matter how old they are. They ask questions that you don't even realize they can ask."

Susy's background is in law, working for years as a paralegal, but her love of children led her to volunteer as an elementary school mentor and Girl Scout troop leader.

Learning about CASA was "like a dream come true," she says. "I'm able to work and do something that can satisfy me."

Never one to shy from a challenge, the first case that Susy took on was one with six boys under the age of eight. "It's a different experience with each one of them," she explained. "It's incredible how smart and mature they can be at different ages."

Balancing family, work, CASA and all her other volunteer work can be tough, but Susy manages by maintaining a rigorously detailed schedule. She wouldn't change a thing. "Everybody keeps saying how a volunteer is going to change the kids' lives. As of now, I think they've changed mine more." She smiled. "Everything is different now."