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Intern Reflection – Sophia McClanahan

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.

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Intern Reflections – Alejandro Orozco

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!

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COVID-19 Update from National CASA

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.”

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Black History Month

Black History Month

Newsletter by Laura Blum.
Black History Month is a time for us all to honor and celebrate the tremendous contributions that the African American community has on our country. We celebrate the work of famous figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama, to name a few. We also reflect on the hardships that the African American Community has faced and continues to face.

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Hope for the Holidays

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.

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Fostering Love: Coryn

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.

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Planting Seeds 4 Hope: Tiffany

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.

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The Power of a Voice: Breaking the Silence of Shame

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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Intern Reflections- Alexis Salazar

Intern Reflections- Alexis Salazar

Alexis knew that she wanted to work with children but wanted to do more than teach. She changed her major to social work as a way to help children and families navigate their difficult environments. Now as an Advocate Supervisor, Alexis is guiding CASA volunteers on how to be the voice for a child. Read more on her reflections.

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