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When she’s not juggling two jobs, being a single mom and being in a relationship, Romane Outerbridge donates her time to be the voice for children in Daviess and McLean counties.

Originally from Hawesville, Outerbridge moved to Owensboro in 1996 before graduating from Apollo High School the following year. Currently, she is working two jobs while attending school at Western Governors University for a degree in special and elementary education online to be a teacher.

“I work as a special education assistant at McLean County High School,” Outerbridge said. “I’m also a stylist at Artistic Details.”

In addition to working with children at her job, Outerbridge is also a member of the Sigma Beta Xi sorority, whose mission aligns well with what she does.

“We are a community service-based sorority,” Outerbridge said. “So our sisterhood’s mission is to meet and work with the needs of mothers and children and their families, so that also coincided (with CASA).”

In September 2022, you will have volunteered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for two years.

CASA of Ohio Valley seeks to provide children with an adult to get to know the child and advocate for the best case scenario, whether in foster care, adoption or continuing with their birth families, Outerbridge said.

She originally had plans to be a lawyer because she has always been a good advocate for others. This allows her to do that without having to go to law school, she joked.

“I think I’ve always liked to advocate for others,” Outerbridge said. “I’m not always my best defender, but I’m pretty good at defending other people.”

This is something she has thought about long before, Outerbridge said, but now that her daughter is in high school and “less dependent,” Outerbridge said, she has found time to volunteer.

“Several years ago they had some CASA flyers in the foyer of my church, but at the time between working and (being) a single mom…I really didn’t have time to commit,” she said. “But now that my daughter is in high school, I started the CASA process in her sophomore year of high school.”

In addition to her daughter being in high school, Outerbridge said, the pandemic really made her look at the things she was spending time on.

“I think COVID really turned everyone’s world upside down and (caused) a re-evaluation of where I was spending my time and I really started thinking about the things that I really wanted to do, that I would sort of put on the backburner. Outerbridge said. “When COVID happened and we were all home, he made me start to rethink, ‘Okay, what do (I) want to do now? What is the next step? ”

“They train you on things like procedures and things to think about and keep in mind when working with the children of the families you work with,” Outerbridge said. “At the end of the process, one of the Family Court judges swore us in.”

Outerbridge said it’s the difference she makes in children’s lives that makes her come back and be happy volunteering at CASA, and she hopes more people will volunteer.

“Knowing that I am standing up for and helping someone who would otherwise be ignored by the system,” Outerbridge said of her motivation. “There’s at least one adult in the room standing up for them on their behalf and asking, ‘What do you want? What would you like to see happen? ”