Dallas CASA volunteer Mollie Milligan is currently starring in a movie “Three Days in August.” The movie tells the story of Shannon, an adopted Irish-American artist who confronts her past by inviting her birth parents and adopted parents together for a weekend for her to paint a family portrait. Mollie plays the role of Shannon.
What does the movie mean to you as an advocate for abused and neglected children?
As a CASA volunteer I am always thinking about the implications of adoption for our children, making sure it is the best for each child. But it was very interesting to delve into the heart of adoption from the perspective of a grown woman. Adoption can be such a blessing, but it is still a complicated situation. It’s only fair to give that situation the time and thought it deserves.
Your first case ended in an adoption on National Adoption Day Nov. 19.
Yes, my baby was adopted on National Adoption Day and it was a very happy ending. She is in a loving, healthy home.
Do you have one moment that showed you the true value of a CASA volunteer?
I was able to insure that my baby was given the proper medical tests to verify she had not contracted any threatening diseases during birth. It was overlooked and I caught it.
What keeps you going when things on a case get tough?
I can’t really say things get tough for me. It is an honor and blessing to be part of the organization.
How has being an advocate been different than you expected? Has it changed you in any way?
I don’t want to sound flippant, but it has not been as hard as I thought it would be. I wish there was a way I could express this to more people who think they can’t do this. You can do it.
Seeing the real-life heroes who have given their lives to the care of children has changed me. Attorneys, Child Protective Services, adoption agencies and others are working so hard. For all the criticism – and there is legitimate criticism – there is so much more good. I am humbled.
“Three Days in August” opens Dec. 2, and tickets are available now.