IMPACT100 PHILADELPHIA GRANT
We are delighted to announce that CASA Philadelphia has been
selected as a finalist for Impact 100’s 2016 grant awards. Arts & Culture
Impact100 Philadelphia’s mission is to engage women in philanthropy and
collectively fund grants to charitable initiatives in the Philadelphia region.
The goal is to provide high-impact $100,000 grants that reach under-served
populations, raise the profile of deserving but lesser known organizations, and
highlight unmet needs in the region.
At the final Impact100 presentation on June 6th, three organizations will be
awarded project-related grants of $100,000 each. Impact100 will also award two
non-profits unrestricted operating grants of $30,000 each. The remaining
$20,000 will be awarded to project grant winners as additional unrestricted
The complete list of finalists chosen for 2016 is:
: Art-Reach Education
: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Philadelphia Environment
: Delaware Valley Green Building Council Family
: CASA Youth Advocates, Inc. Health & Wellness
: Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN)
FAREWELL TO ALLISON MODICA
CASA Philadelphia’s Associate Director, Allison Modica, is
moving on to pursue an exciting opportunity at Edcamp Foundation. As Director of Operations Allison will work
collaboratively to create an international network of educators dedicated to
participant-driven professional learning for themselves and others that
accelerates student growth.
Allison has been with CASA since 2007, first as a board member and then as a
part-time program supervisor. In 2010,
Allison joined CASA full time to lead the organization’s development
efforts. She was instrumental in
increasing CASA’s program budget, which helped the organization grow to serve
almost 300 children annually. As a
court-appointed educational surrogate to a child in foster care, Allison was
instrumental in developing CASA’s Educational Decision Maker (EDM) Program in
2011, which serves 50 children in need of an adult to make decisions about
their educational placement and services.
Every April during “Child Abuse Prevention Month” Allison collaborated
with the Mayor’s office and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services to
create community awareness about child abuse and neglect in our community. She designed and facilitated CASA’s annual
Superhero 5K at the Philadelphia Zoo to raise funds to support programming,
which built a strong base of support from local corporate sponsors, supporters,
and runners. Leaving CASA is bittersweet for Allison as CASA’s mission is near
and dear to her heart. For those she is
leaving behind, she sends best wishes for the tireless advocacy they do on
behalf of our city’s most vulnerable children.
Beginning June 13th, current Program Supervisor Cynthia
Mason will begin serving as Interim Executive Director at CASA Philadelphia
until a permanent Executive Director is selected.
HIGHLIGHTS IN PERMANENCY
Congratulations to CASA volunteer Shana Weiner
for helping the child in her case achieve permanency when she was adopted on May 11, 2016.
A NOTE FROM VOLUNTEER
COORDINATOR CINDY BLUM
On Sunday, May 15th, I
had the pleasure of presenting the work of CASA to a group of socially-minded
members of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown. Thanks to an
introduction from our CASA volunteer, Jen
Bellot, to the coordinator of the church’s Adult Academy series, the
attendees were informed about CASA with a PowerPoint presentation, pamphlets,
and a powerful YouTube viewing of “Removed.”
Both Jen and I were able to speak of our personal experiences with CASA,
entertain discussion, and answer questions. Many thanks to Jen for making this
I am very willing to do the same
for any group you might suggest where I can share our meaningful work to find
supporters and potential volunteers. Help us spread the word! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have a suggestion for a parlor meeting of any kind. Many thanks!
PHILLIES TICKETS: TICKETS
FOR KIDS CHARITIES
Special thanks to our partner agency “Tickets for
Kids” for their generous donation of
Phillies tickets. If you think you might be interested in accompanying your
youth to an upcoming Phillies game, please contact Cindy Blum at: email@example.com as soon
as possible. Tickets are going fast! The following date is still available: 9/4/16.
Kids cannot be
transported by volunteers, but must be chaperoned by their CASA
volunteer, so you will meet at the stadium. There is a limit of 1 extra ticket
for a child/friend/sibling in the child's life to take as a guest.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASA
Happy birthday from everyone at CASA Philadelphia to our volunteers
who are celebrating birthdays this month:
SUMMER PRE-SERVICE TRAINING
BEGINS JULY 11, 2016
We are looking forward to our Summer 2016 Pre-service
Training, which begins on Monday, July 11th and will run for two
weeks, from July 11th to July 14th the first week of
training and July 18th through July 21st for the final
week of training. 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.
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 have decided to work with a new company to
create the badges, so please bear with us if you have not yet received yours,
as we are still in the process of setting up our account with them.
Please continue to e-mail your jpeg headshot photos to Cindy Blum
at: email@example.com and we will be in touch with you when the
badges are available.
SAVE THE DATE
JUNE 2, 2016 CONFERENCE-- Financing College for Foster Youth:
Preparation, Engagement, and Retention Strategies
Date: June 2,
Time: 8:30 am -
12:30 pm / Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 am
University of Pennsylvania Law School, Levy Conference Center, 3501 Sansom
Street, Philadelphia, PA
Youth as an Invisible Constituency: Why Should We Care?
The Challenges Faced by Foster Youth: Student Voices
Panel Presentation: Foster Youth Preparation for College
Understanding Foster Care and other Child Welfare Programs
Preparing Foster Youth to Apply to and Attend College
Unique Costs of Attendance for Foster Youth
Funding Available for Foster Youth in Higher Education
Challenges with Retention and Completion
Strategies for Institutional and Student Success
Click HERE to
Register Today! Seats are limited.
June 8, 2016 CASA In-service Training: Best
Practices with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning Youth in
Developed to improve the services and outcomes for LGBTQ youth in
the foster care system, this training by the Support Center for Child Advocates
will empower service providers to fulfill their responsibilities to provide
safe and non-discriminatory care to this population of youth. Several topics
are covered, including: adolescent development; language and service
sensitivity; policies that affect well-being.
This training will take place in the Lucretia Mott room at the
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Please RSVP to Cindy Blum at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive in-service training hours when you attend this training.
15, 2016-- Swearing-in Ceremony and Oath Renewal
Join us on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm for our annual
Swearing-in and Oath Renewal Ceremony at Family Court. Administrative Judge Margaret Murphy will
preside over the ceremony as new volunteers take their CASA oath for the first
time and our long-term volunteers join us in celebration for an oath
renewal. Light refreshments will follow
Please RSVP to Cindy Blum: email@example.com
17, 2016 Philadelphia Children’s Alliance Conference
Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) presents “A Team
Approach to Child Abuse Intervention” at their June 17th conference.
At the completion of this program, the participant will have a
greater understanding of the dynamics and impact of child abuse and ways to
recognize, investigate, treat, and prevent violence against children. The
participant will also have increased knowledge regarding the benefits of a team
approach to investigating and treating victims of child abuse.
For more information and to register:
During the registration process, each attendee will need to
select the workshops they would like to attend throughout the conference. These
workshops can be viewed in the conference program.
For any questions regarding registration or the event, please call the PCA at
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.
June 2, 2016
Conference: Financing College for Foster YouthJune 8, 2016
June 15, 2016
Swearing-in & Oath Renewal CeremonyJune 17, 2016
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
& Montague, P.C.
Ernst & Young, LLP
S. Hawkins, Esq.
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Women Against Abuse
Exelon Business Services, Labor Relations
Shamyune Jones, Esq.
J. Lawler, Esq.
Blank Rome, LLP
Saul Ewing, LLP
Lynanne M. Schaeffer
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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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