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CASA of Philadelphia
April 2016 News
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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

CHANGE IN HEARING STRUCTURE

Beginning April 2016, due to the increase in scheduled hearings at family court, CASA supervisors will share hearing court attendance duties. Each supervisor will have scheduled days in court and will sometimes cover each other’s hearings.

You will remain assigned to your current CASA supervisor and they will still assist you in your casework and hearing prep, including court report submission and discussion of testimony. However, there may be times when your supervisor is not scheduled to attend court on your hearing date and, in that case, they will inform you in advance of the supervisor providing court coverage. If you have any questions about this change in policy, please contact Cynthia Mason, at cynthia.mason@casaphiladelphia.org.

I AM FOR THE CHILD CAMPAIGN

All Month!

Jacqueline London with words

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Every year we try to create community awareness about the great work CASA volunteers do on behalf of abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Currently, there are 6,000 children living in Philadelphias foster care system; CASA advocates for 250 of them.

The I Am For the Child campaign is a great way to show your support of CASA Philadelphia and its mission to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. We are always looking for opportunities to share CASA's mission, recruit volunteers and encourage people to support our work.

Please take a picture of yourself with the I Am for the Child signand send your photo to Allison Modica (allison.modica@casaphiladelphia.org) to post on our social media platforms and website. Jacqueline London did it!

I AM FOR THE CHILD KICK-OFF PRESS CONFERENCE WITH MAYOR KENNEY


Clara Barton First Graders 2

We are thrilled to announce CASAs partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services for the I Am For the Child Campaign!

The April 5th campaign press conference at Clara Barton Elementary School (K-2 grade) was attended by Mayor Kenney and DHS Commissioner Shapiro, as well as parents, teachers, social workers and community members. The 1st and 2nd graders of Clara Barton entertained us with a sweet rendition of True Colorsand provided amazing artwork depicting what they need as children to feel safe. We were thrilled to have the media present so please look for a clip on tonights nightly news!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASA VOLUNTEERS!

Happy birthday from everyone at CASA Philadelphia to our volunteers who are celebrating birthdays this month:

 

Elizabeth Cippon

Christina Cohen

Joanne Crooms

Lisa Dissinger

Theresa Fletcher

Richard Graver

Michelle Whalen

HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING RECAP


Human Trafficking Training 2

Thank you to Jamie Manirakiza, Director of Anti Trafficking and Social Services for the Salvation Army, and to all of our volunteers and staff who attended the March 31st Human Trafficking 101 training. The training was an introduction to domestic minor sex trafficking, covering factors of force, fraud, and coercion and the impact on survivors; behaviorally, psychologically and emotionally. This information will be very useful since CASA Philadelphia is receiving court appointments involving cases with victims of trafficking.  For more information: http://pa.salvationarmy.org/greater-philadelphia/NewDay

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

Need in-service training hours?  Click here for an informative two-hour online training on trauma-informed care: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Trauma_Informed_Care/default.asp

 

This is a free online training! When you have completed the training in its entirety, you will receive a certificate of completion.  Please print out or email the certificate to Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Blum for in-service training credit: cindy.blum@casaphiladelphia.org

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SAVE THE DATE

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016PORTRAITS OF PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS

Movie

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On Thursday, April 7th  at 5:30 p.m., the CTC program at Philadelphia University in partnership with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, will offer a FREE screening of the film Portraits of Professional Caregivers in the Tuttleman auditorium, located at 4201 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, Pa. 19144.

 

Following the film, a short presentation and facilitated discussion will be held with two of the caregivers profiled in the film: Sandra L. Bloom, M.D. and Diane Wagenhals, M.Ed., CFLE.

 

Space is limited! You must RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portraits-of-professional-caregivers-screening-at-philadelphia-university-tickets-21344991444

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REMINDERS

REMINDER: PHOTOS FOR NEW CASA PHOTO ID BADGES

You told us and we listened! After hearing from many of you about the need for a way to identify yourselves as a CASA volunteer, we are instituting a new policy where we will begin issuing photo ID badges to all active CASA volunteers.  In order for you to receive your new ID, please email a jpeg photo headshot to us as soon as possible.

 

We are in the process of finishing up our first batch of badges now, so if you have already sent us your photo, we will be in touch soon!

 

Please email your jpeg photo to Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Blum at: cindy.blum@casaphiladelphia.org 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Please let us know if you have ideas for volunteer get-togethers, or fundraising ideas.  Also, we are happy to host future events and trainings at locations other than CASA office, so please let us know if you have any suggestions for available, convenient meeting spaces.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Blum at cindy.blum@casaphiladelphia.org today!

CHILDLINE CLEARANCES: MUST BE RENEWED EVERY 2 YEARS

Attention all active volunteers! Your Child Line child abuse clearance must be renewed every 2 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 online:


https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS/Public/Home

If you have any questions about the clearance process, please contact Cindy Blum at cindy.blum@casaphiladelphia.org

E-LEARNING MODULES FOR IN-SERVICE TRAINING CREDIT

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: cindy.blum@casaphiladelphia.org and she will set one up for you.
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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.




Upcoming Events:


April 7, 2016

Portraits of Professional Caregivers Movie Screening



For more information about any of our events or to RSVP, please  contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Blum.

cindy.blum@
casaphiladelphia.org

or

267-519-5326




CASA of Philadelphia

Board of Directors



Maura McInerney, Esq.
 Education Law Center
Board President


Maureen Smith Lawrence, Esq.
Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin & Schiller

Board

Vice President


 

José N. Reyes III, Au.D.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Board Secretary



Judith Silver, PhD

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia



Vanessa Barbetti
Citizens Bank

 

Tom Bonner

PECO


 

Theresa Concepcíon, Esq.

Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP


 

Amit Goel, CPA

Ernst & Young, LLP


 

Philip Hawkins

Kurchner-Hawkins Associates


 

Robert S. Hawkins, Esq.

Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC


 

Sharon R. Jindal

Exelon Business Services, Labor Relations Services


 

Denis J. Lawler, Esq.

Blank Rome, LLP


 

Camille Fundora, Esq.
Berger & Montague, P.C.



Lynanne M. Schaeffer

Gaudenzia, Inc.



Eileen Horgan, Esq.

Women Against Abuse



Danielle Petaja, Esq.

Saul Ewing, LLP



Caroline Rosch
The Reinvestment Fund





CASA STAFF





Allison Modica, MLSP
Interim Executive Director


Cynthia Mason, Esq.
Program Supervisor


Cindy Blum, EdM
Volunteer Coordinator


Carletta Chandler, BSW
CASA Supervisor


Trish Kinkle, MSW
CASA Supervisor


Carole Cornelius, MSW
CASA Supervisor


Terrill Carney, MA
CASA Supervisor




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 articles to our monthly newsletter.



Contact Program Supervisor
Cynthia Mason at:

cynthia.mason@
casaphiladelphia.org.


CASA of Philadelphia
Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102



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