Throughout his upbringing Mark Casas recalls social workers having a distinguished role in his and his siblings’ lives.
In the foster care system since he was 14, Casas leaned on social workers for guidance and support.
Now 24, he is a Cal State Fullerton psychology student with a minor in human services.
Casas said he’s pursuing a psychology degree because a family member was diagnosed with a mental disorder, which led to he and his siblings being placed in foster care.
He also serves as a mentor for local high school students and is working toward becoming a social worker in the hopes of one day being a source of guidance for children in the same living situation he was once in.
“I have a passion for social work because they are the ones who tried to help as much as they could,” Casas said. “They were sometimes the voice of me and my family.”