Mental Health Awareness Month
In addition to being National Foster Care Month, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. These two topics often go hand and hand due to the immense trauma many children experience before coming into foster care. Below is an article containing mental health resources, written by Advocate Supervisor Laura Blum.
5 Ways to Help Children in Foster Care
May is National Foster Care Month, which is a time to bring awareness to children in foster care. Today, there are approximately 424,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States. Most children in foster care have experienced physical, psychological and...
Intern Reflection – Sophia McClanahan
Having the pleasure to intern at CASA was so incredibly fulfilling. Being an advocate means more than just an internship, it’s being able to change the life of a child in need. Seeing the look of excitement on the children’s faces when you visit them each month is profoundly rewarding, and knowing you’re doing everything in your power to give them a fighting chance allows you to live a life of purpose and leadership.
Intern Reflections – Alejandro Orozco
What the CASA internship meant to me was a unique opportunity to work on the legal side of social work through the court system. A unique internship where you get to interact with the kids on a personal level and then read what they have been through and represent them through the court system. This internship would be highly recommended if you want to be well rounded social worker because you learn a lot about the court system process. The CASA staff are very welcoming and supportive!
COVID-19 Update from National CASA
During this vulnerable time, CASA strives to keep children in the foster care safe by maintaining frequent contact with children. We are in full agreement with National CASA that “Our volunteers are needed now more than ever as a lifeline to ensure the health, safety and well-being of every child we serve.”
Hope for the Holidays
The holidays can be a difficult time for children in foster care. Learn how a local church’s generosity brought hope to 180 foster children this holiday season.
The Joy of Learning: Giving School Supplies to Children in Need
Back-to-school season can be a tough time for children in foster care. Read more to see what two organizations did with the help of the community to provide relief to foster children as they start the school year.
Fostering Love: Coryn
As a biological mother, adoptive mother, and foster mother to 6 girls, Coryn’s life might be just what you call crazy. Dizzying schedules, healing from trauma, and making it work in a blended family is hard work. With a lot of unconditional love and patience, she makes it work. Read more on her experience in fostering, adopting, raising 6 girls, and working with CASA.
Planting Seeds 4 Hope: Tiffany
As a foster mom, Tiffany goes above and beyond for her children. Praised by case workers, teachers, and CASA volunteers, her passion shows in the amount of time and effort she spends in the children in her home. Her mantra is simple, plant a seed of hope in a child to help them realize their full potential. Read more on her experience as a foster mom, in working with CASA, and on her nonprofit Seeds 4 Hope.
The Power of a Voice: Breaking the Silence of Shame
We sat down with Janice Masokas, past CASA volunteer and current Prevention Coordinator at Guardian Angels, to talk about the recent documentaries on child sexual abuse. Learn more about the impact of “Abducted in Plain Sight”, “Surviving R. Kelly”, and “Leaving Neverland” and how speaking up can stop child abuse.
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