OCTOBER 30, 2016 4TH ANNUAL SUPERHERO WALK
Join us Sunday, October 30th for CASA’s 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk. Come dressed as your favorite superhero or
just as you are and enjoy a day down by the river with CASA staff, volunteers,
and other area non-profits. This year,
for the first time ever, we are partnering with GENEROSITY PHILLY!
MUSEUM OF ART,
TIME: 7:30 am;
START TIME: 9:00 a.m.
Register today! Please go to the CASA PHILADELPHIA EVENT page and claim one of the participant slots by clicking “REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.”
You will have three options:
- Individual participant
- Join a team
- Start a team
HIGHLIGHTS IN ADVOCACY:
T.S.- On the Road to Positive Educational Outcomes
This month, we would like to highlight the work of EDM volunteer Joanne Crooms and her
Since 2014, T.S. has been living in a residential treatment facility (RTF.) With the ongoing guidance and support of Ms.
Crooms and his school team, he has developed resilience and is now a “B”
student. T.S. immersed himself in credit
recovery classes and for the 2016/17 school year became a senior. He is scheduled to graduate in June of 2017. T.S. also engaged himself with the school
vocational program and became involved in masonry coursework. His vocational guidance counselor has high
regard for T.S. She anticipates he will receive job offers from local
businesses surrounding the RTF.
Counselors, teachers and T.S.’s coach expect T.S. to take the SAT and
ACT entrance exams for college. T.S.’s
grades and persistence place him on track to be successful in college. T.S. is
on the school track team; plays school basketball; has been captain of the
basketball team for two years and never missed a meeting, a practice or a
game. Younger players and students see
T.S. as a role model. He mentors them in
sports and school. For the October Board
Meeting of the RTF, the President of the Board of Directors invited T.S. to
present what he “thinks about the facility and what he has done at GJR.”
Congratulations to Ms. Crooms, T.S., and the whole school
team for all of your achievements!
WELCOME CASA INTERNS!
Welcome three new CASA interns for the 2016-2017 school
year! Breanna Miller, Pamela Kelly, and Jillian Shprecher are all in their
senior year at Temple, planning to graduate with their BSW in the spring. Each
of them come to CASA for different reasons, but are already making a huge
impact by helping with the preparation for our annual DHS audit and taking on
some difficult cases. In addition to taking on cases, they will be helping with
the pre-service trainings, developing in-service trainings, helping to update
our database, and probably a lot more, as well as being a young and refreshing
presence in the office! If you ever want to reach out to them (to offer
support, encouragement or just to say hi!), or have any training ideas to have
them look into, feel free to email them at email@example.com.
We are so excited to have them as a part of the team!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASA
Happy birthday from everyone at CASA Philadelphia to our
volunteers who are celebrating birthdays this month:
FALL CASA PRE-SERVICE
TRAINING BEGINS OCTOBER 17, 2016
We are looking forward to our Fall CASA 2016 Pre-service Training, which begins on Monday, October 17th. If you are an active volunteer who would like to brush up on your CASA skills and knowledge, please join us either as a co-facilitator or member of the training night. Contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get involved.
CASA was recently awarded a grant from Impact100
Philadelphia to develop our Educational Decision Maker (EDM) program. An EDM volunteer is an individual who has
been screened and trained by CASA Philadelphia and appointed by the court to
serve as the legal “parent” for children in out-of-home care who do not have
anyone to make educational decisions on their behalf.
We were pleased to offer our
very first “stand-alone” EDM training on September 8th and we will be offering
these trainings quarterly going forward.
The next one is scheduled for January
19, 2017, details TBA. This means
that if you know someone who wants to train just
to be an EDM, not a CASA volunteer, they can go to one night of training,
complete the required clearances, and be eligible to become and EDM volunteer only. A background in education is preferred for
this stand-alone training.
CASA volunteers who are interested in training to be an EDM volunteer
may attend one of our mini-EDM trainings so they may qualify to be an EDM,
too. We will be offering one of these
trainings to CASA-trained volunteers
only on November 1, 2016,
Prospective EDM volunteers who have never trained with CASA must
submit their application and complete an interview with staff before being
accepted into the EDM training. (If you
have already completed your CASA training, you do not need to resubmit an
application or be interviewed again.)
Stay tuned at www.casaphiladelphia.org
or contact Cynthia Mason at cynthia.mason@casaphiladelphia
for more information.
THANK YOU PTZ OPTICS: ONLINE FUNDRAISER
FALL 2016 PRE-SERVICE TRAINING
We are looking forward to our Fall 2016 Pre-service Training, which begins on Monday, October 17th. If you are an active volunteer who would like to brush up on your CASA skills and knowledge, please join us either as a co-facilitator or member of the training night. Contact Cindy at email@example.com to find out how to get involved.
SAVE THE DATE
OCTOBER 20, 2016-
IN-PERSON MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING
Join us on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at
the Friends Center for an in-person mandated reporter training. This year, our Exchange neighbors the Bartol
Foundation here at the Friends Center are sponsoring this valuable
training. It was a hit last time around
when CASA sponsored it, so be sure to sign up if you have never attended
before. If you have already done an
online mandated reporter training, this will be a more thorough refresher.
Please RSVP by October 11th through Bartol here .
You will receive 3 hours of in-service training credits for
attending this training.
SAVE THE DATE—OCTOBER 21, 2016 WHYY PLEDGE DRIVE
CASA at the WHYY Pledge Drive—We need you!
CASA has a great opportunity to gain exposure on WHYY during
their annual pledge drive. As people are driving their morning commute,
they will get to hear about the amazing work CASA volunteers are doing in our community.
Here’s where you come in-- we need volunteers to staff the drive. We are
scheduled for October 21st
from 5:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. Coffee and breakfast will be
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact CASA board member Eileen
Horgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
by October 7th.
NOVEMBER 3, 2016- IN-SERVICE TRAINING: “DEMYSTIFYING THE IEP”
Calling all CASA and EDM volunteers! Come and join Dr. Lisa Dissinger and Ms. Amy
Eisen on November 3, 2016, 6-8 pm in the MLK conference room at the Friends
Center (3rd Floor, 1501 Cherry Street) for a discussion of how to advocate for
your child’s educational needs based off of their individualized educational
plan (IEP). Dr. Dissinger and Ms. Eisen
will focus on how to look at the basic components of an IEP and how they can
inform "good" educational decisions and advocacy, whether you are an
EDM or CASA volunteer. All attendees are encouraged to bring in questions and
concerns about their individual child's IEPs.
Dr. Dissinger is a child psychologist and certified school
psychologist who works in many private and public schools in the Philadelphia
area. She also volunteers for CASA as an EDM volunteer and will be available
this year to provide additional supervision to EDMs with children in
Ms. Eisen has been serving students with special needs, their families and
teachers for over 35 years. Her professional background includes pediatric
occupational therapist, certified school psychologist and, most recently,
school administrator. Ms. Eisen also is available to provide additional
supervision to EDMs for children with special needs who attend area public
Please RSVP to: Cynthia Mason at email@example.com if you plan to attend. You will receive 2 in-service training credits for attending this training.
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.
Please continue to e-mail your jpeg headshot photos (they MUST be in jpeg format) to Cindy Blum at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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REMINDER: 12 HOURS OF ANNUAL TRAINING HOURS
Thank you again
for all of the hard work that you do for the children of CASA Philadelphia. Your devotion to
the mission and dedication to the children we serve allow us to continue to
serve abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Without you, our child clients would not have a
We would like to
remind you about our commitment to ensuring that CASA volunteers meet their
annual requirement of 12 on-going training hours. This is a National CASA standard that seeks to
ensure that CASA volunteers are supported, educated, and informed about issues
related to the children we serve.
Each year we
hold quarterly in-service trainings worth 2 hours of training. We offer
other monthly trainings on topics such as older youth issues, educational
challenges, behavioral and medical health issues. We also regularly offer ideas
for at-home reading and movie viewing opportunities.
We are always
open to suggestions! If you find a community event, book, or other related
activity that might be eligible for in-service training hours, please consult
your supervisor or Cindy Blum for more information: email@example.com
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.
October 17, 2016:
Fall 2016 Pre-service Training BeginsOctober 20, 2016:
In-person Mandated Reporter TrainingOctober 21, 2016:
WHYY Pledge Drive
October 30, 2016:
Superhero Walk/Run!November 3, 2016:
Demystifying IEP's In-service Training
For more information about any of our events, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Blum.
CASA of Philadelphia
Board of Directors
Education Law Center
Maureen Smith Lawrence, Esq.
Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin & Schiller
Saul Ewing, LLP
Conservest Capital Advisors, Inc.
& Montague, P.C.
S. Hawkins, Esq.
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Women Against Abuse
Shamyune Jones, Esq.
J. Lawler, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, P.C.
Joseph Nuccio, CPA
Lynanne M. Schaeffer
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Happi Grillon, MSW
Cynthia Mason, Esq.
Trish Kinkle, MSW
Carole Cornelius, MSW
Senior CASA Supervisor
Carletta Chandler, BSW
Terrill Carney, MA
Andrea Jelin, MS
EDM Program Coordinator
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
articles to our monthly newsletter.
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