CASA PHILADELPHIA: IMPACT100
PHILADELPHIA GRANT WINNER!
We are so proud to announce that CASA Philadelphia received a $100,000
project grant, and a $6,667 operating grant, from Impact100 Philadelphia
at the funder’s annual meeting on June 6th. Impact100 awarded the
highly competitive grant to support CASA Philadelphia’s innovative
Educational Decision Maker (EDM) Program which trains and supports CASA
volunteers to serve as Educational Decision Makers for children and youth
in foster care.
“CASA’s EDM program fills a critical need for many of
the 6,100 children in foster care in our City -- particularly older
youth living in group homes – who often lack any adult to act as a
parent and advocate in school, said Maura McInerney, Esq, President,
CASA Philadelphia Board of Directors and Senior Attorney at Education
Law Center. “This grant will allow us to build on the success of our
pilot program and help more children who too often fall through the cracks
in the educational system.”
The Impact100 grant will permit CASA
Philadelphia to double the number of children served last year and
support the development of an EDM training module that can be used by
other CASAs and community groups across Pennsylvania who seek to adopt
similar EDM programs.
“We’re honored and thrilled that an organization
like Impact100 chose to recognize and support CASA Philadelphia’s EDM
program. We are extremely grateful for IMPACT100’s generous support and
welcome the opportunity to train more CASA volunteers to serve as EDMs
for vulnerable children in foster care.” said Terrill Carney, Supervisor
of the EDM Program at CASA.
CEREMONY AND OATH RENEWAL
Congratulations to all of our volunteers who were sworn in
on June 15, 2016 and to our longtime volunteers who attended to renew their
CASA oath. It was a memorable evening,
with moving remarks by Judge Margaret Murphy and a joyful reception with delicious
refreshments provided by our board.
VOLUNTEER PROFILE: ROSLYN
By Carole Cornelius
No matter the love, mothers and daughters fight. It’s what they do. Add to that the specter of being the third
oldest of eight children raised without structure, guidance, and limits and
foster care placement twice within six months.
Is it any wonder that you act out in school, have poor peer
relationships, practice poor hygiene and display anger, aggression and
hostility toward caregivers resulting in multiple failed placements?
What you desire, even if you do not recognize
it, is one calm, stable, constant and dependable person in your life. For S.C. that person is CASA volunteer Roslyn
Roslyn joined the CASA team in 2014 from a commitment to give back to
the community and a love of working with young people and assisting them in
identifying and realizing their strengths.
An educator for 25 years, Roslyn shifted the focus of her career from
pre-school to social work with first homeless families then teen moms and
finally children with behavioral health challenges. Having begun her Masters’ level scholarship
with a concentration in clinical and behavioral health treatment to provide
therapy to teens, Roslyn has worked with a school-based program and now is
employed at an in-patient facility providing youth with acute mental health
treatment. She believes she has a
special knack to work with this population, and I agree. It is a special person
that works with teens, especially teen girls.
When S.C. was removed from her fourth foster home and placed at Youth
Emergency Services (Y.E.S.), Roslyn visited her weekly, sometimes twice a week.
The two formed a connection. They
continue their relationship and maintain telephone contact when schedules do
not allow visits. Because of her
expressed interest in track, Roslyn is working to have S.C. connect with Run
Philly Style. The two also recently
attended a breast cancer walk, enjoying the event together.
HIGHLIGHTS IN ADVOCACY
In another case that involved an older youth, S.W. was a
troubled teen who had been in foster care and the delinquency system for a
majority of her life. CASA volunteer Dionne Graves was initially appointed as her Educational Decision
Maker (EDM) then became her CASA volunteer, as well. When Dionne first started
on the case, S.W. had done poorly in her school and then was having difficulty as a pregnant teen. Dionne was able to find an
alternative high school for her that was more suited to her needs. S.W. graduated
from high school on June 10th.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW
PROGRAM MANAGER TRISH KINKLE!
Congratulations to Trish Kinkle who started at CASA as a volunteer and has been employed as a CASA supervisor since 2011. She was recently promoted to her new position as Program Manager. In this position, Trish will develop our CASA intern program and work on volunteer sustainability, supervising our interns and volunteer coordinator. She will also explore the development of our advocacy in human trafficking cases at family court.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW
SENIOR CASA SUPERVISOR CAROLE CORNELIUS!
Congratulations to Carole Cornelius who has been employed
with CASA Philadelphia as a CASA supervisor since 2012. She was recently promoted to her new position
as Senior CASA Supervisor. In this
position, Carole will supervise the CASA supervisors in their casework, oversee
intake, and develop our training materials for incoming supervisors.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASA
Happy birthday from everyone at CASA Philadelphia to our volunteers who are celebrating birthdays this month:
CHILDRENS’ ALLIANCE (PCA) CONFERENCE
On June 17th,
CASA staffmembers Carletta Chandler, Trish Kinkle, and Cynthia Mason attended
the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) conference “A Team Approach
to Child Abuse Intervention.” Highlights included the keynote address by Audrey Morrissey from
My Life My Choice,
a group that fights the sexual exploitation of adolescent girls through
mentoring, prevention, education and advocacy, as well as a fascinating yet
disturbing lecture by Jackie Block Goldstein, Private
Trainer and Child Welfare Consultant, at her workshop 'Interviewing,
Investigation, and Prosecution of Stranger Child Sexual Assault Cases: Lessons
Learned from PA vs. Christina Regusters.’
TRAINING BEGINS JULY 11, 2016: Looking for active volunteers
We are looking forward to our Summer 2016 pre-service training, which begins on Monday, July 11th. If you are an active volunteer who would like to brush up on your CASA skills or spend an afternoon volunteering with CASA as a co-facilitator, please join us. Contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get involved.
UPDATE: PHOTOS FOR NEW CASA
PHOTO ID BADGES
Thank you so much for sending us jpeg photos for your CASA ID badges and for your patience as we distribute them. We just received our first batch from the new company and they look fantastic!
Please continue to e-mail your jpeg headshot photos (they MUST be in jpeg format) to Cindy Blum at: email@example.com and she will be in touch with you when your badges are available. If you have any questions about the process or just want to check in about the status of your badge, please feel free to check in with Cindy.
SAVE THE DATE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3,
2016 STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PHILADELPHIA SUMMIT
The Strengthening Families staff of Philadelphia's Community Umbrella agencies (CUAs) and the Department of Human Services are presenting an exciting line up of workshops by Strengthening Families practitioners from many different fields at the 2nd Annual Strengthening Families Philadelphia Summit. Explore how they believe the Strengthening Families approach is building across the city in child welfare, education, and healthcare. Delve into the theme "CommUNITY Pillars Supporting Each Other" by connecting with partners in this work and discovering new ways to collaborate to strengthen families in Philadelphia.
The 2016 Strengthening Families Philadelphia Summit also features a special screening of The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. This powerful documentary explores inequalities in early childhood and how a strong start for all children can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. After the screening, a panel of experts on early childhood education, developmental science, stress and trauma will discuss what Philadelphia programs, policies, and communities can do to help raise healthy and happy children.
Registration is FREE. To register, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2539799
NEW CHILDLINE CLEARANCE
RULE: MUST BE RENEWED EVERY 5 YEARS
Attention all active volunteers! Your Child Line child
abuse clearance must now be renewed every 5 years. If your clearance is
about to expire, you will soon be receiving a packet in the mail, including
step by step instructions.
You are now able to complete the Child Line child abuse clearance
If you have any questions about the clearance process, please
contact Cindy Blum: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-LEARNING MODULES FOR IN-SERVICE
Interested in doing a new online training for in-service credit? Log in at: http://nc.casaforchildren.org/_elearn/login-1.asp
If you do not have a National CASA password, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Blum at: email@example.com and she will set one up for you.
OLDER YOUTH VIDEO
For those of you working with older youth who are getting closer to the date when they could potentially age out of the dependency system, there are many issues to discuss, like exploring the ways youth can remain in care. The following brief video (5 minutes) from the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) explains Pennsylvania’s Act 91 with clear details about extending and re-entering foster care. Please view it yourself and then show it to your older youth so they can start thinking about their options: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8lHWpPy7L8
TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE ONLINE IN-SERVICE TRAINING
The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of
Philadelphia is to train and support community volunteers
to advocate for the health, safety, stability and well-being
of abused and neglected children.
July 11, 2016
Pre-service training begins
August 3, 2016
Strengthening Families Conference
For more information about any of our events or to RSVP, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Blum.
CASA of Philadelphia
Board of Directors
Education Law Center
Maureen Smith Lawrence, Esq.
Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin & Schiller
José N. Reyes III, AuD, CCC-A
Hospital of Philadelphia
& Montague, P.C.
S. Hawkins, Esq.
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Women Against Abuse
National Railroad Passenger Corporation
Shamyune Jones, Esq.
J. Lawler, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, P.C.
Saul Ewing, LLP
Lynanne M. Schaeffer
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Cynthia Mason, Esq.
Interim Executive Director
Trish Kinkle, MSW
Carole Cornelius, MSW
Senior CASA Supervisor
Carletta Chandler, BSW
Terrill Carney, MA
Cindy Blum, EdM
We want to hear from you!
Please let us know if you have any new
training suggestions or if you would like to contribute ideas, tips, or
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