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 email@example.com.
I AM FOR THE CHILD CAMPAIGN
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 Philadelphia’s
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 sign” and send your photo to
Allison Modica (firstname.lastname@example.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
We are thrilled to announce CASA’s 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 Colors”
and 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
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASA
Happy birthday from everyone at CASA Philadelphia to our volunteers
who are celebrating birthdays this month:
HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING RECAP
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
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
SAVE THE DATE
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016—PORTRAITS OF PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS
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
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org today!
CHILDLINE CLEARANCES: MUST BE RENEWED EVERY 2 YEARS
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
are now able to complete the Child Line child abuse clearance online:
If you have any questions about the clearance process, please contact
Cindy Blum at email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will set one up for you.
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.
April 7, 2016Portraits of Professional Caregivers
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, Au.D.
Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
Ernst & Young, LLP
S. Hawkins, Esq.
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Exelon Business Services, Labor Relations
J. Lawler, Esq.
Blank Rome, LLP
& Montague, P.C.
Lynanne M. Schaeffer
Women Against Abuse
Saul Ewing, LLP
Allison Modica, MLSP
Interim Executive Director
Cynthia Mason, Esq.
Cindy Blum, EdM
Carletta Chandler, BSW
Trish Kinkle, MSW
Carole Cornelius, MSW
Terrill Carney, MA
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
CASA of Philadelphia
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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