HOME VISIT AND MEETING
In order to
comply with our auditing standards, we are now requiring all active CASA
volunteers to use a standard home visit report when attending home visits and a
meeting form for all meetings related to your case. You will receive these templates via email
from your CASA supervisor.
Home visit reports are due monthly to your CASA supervisor as an e-mail
attachment in this standard form. Please
also e-mail meeting forms to your supervisor as meetings arise so we have a
record for our file.
If you have any questions, please contact Program Supervisor, Cynthia Mason: email@example.com
CASA AT THE PHILLIES WITH
TICKETS FOR KIDS CHARITIES
Special thanks to our partner agency “Tickets for Kids” who donated four tickets to the April 18th Phillies baseball game. CASA volunteer Jonathan Smolowe and his CASA youth J.P, as well as J.P’s friend and a group home supervisor were able to enjoy a day at the game. This was J.P.’s first experience at a baseball game. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all!
If you think you might be interested in accompanying your youth to an upcoming Phillies game, please contact Cindy Blum at: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Tickets are going fast!
The following dates are still available: 6/6, 8/4, 8/20, 9/4.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS SPRING 2016
PRE-SERVICE TRAINING CLASS!
graduating spring 2016 pre-service training class! And an extra special thanks to CASA
Volunteer Monica Jones, for facilitating our last night of training.
I AM FOR THE CHILD
CAMPAIGN: THANK YOU
Thanks to everyone for your support during National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Every year we create community awareness about the great work CASA volunteers do on behalf of abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Thank you to everyone for your photo submissions for the I Am for the Child campaign. It was 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. Check out CASA’s Facebook page to see all of the IAFTC supporters.
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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASA
Happy birthday from everyone at CASA Philadelphia to our volunteers
who are celebrating birthdays this month:
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
JUNE 2, 2016 CONFERENCE-- Financing College for Foster Youth:
Preparation, Engagement, and Retention Strategies
Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: University of Pennsylvania Law School, Levy
Conference Center, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA
Foster Youth as an Invisible Constituency: Why Should We Care?
Debra Schilling Wolfe
Executive Director, Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice &
Research, University of Pennsylvania
The Challenges Faced by Foster Youth: Student Voices
A panel of current and former students will offer a
first-person account of the challenges faced by foster youth in higher
David E. Thomas
Dean, Division of Access and Community Engagement,
Community College of Philadelphia
Panel Presentation: Foster Youth Preparation for College
Understanding Foster Care and other Child Welfare
Director, Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth
Foster Youth to Apply to and Attend College
Educational Services Coordinator, Achieving Independence
Unique Costs of Attendance for Foster Youth
Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Liaison, West Chester University
Funding Available for Foster Youth in Higher Education
Pennsylvania School Services Higher Education Access
Executive Director, Foster Care to Success
Challenges with Retention and Completion
Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center
Strategies for Institutional and Student Success
Director of the Office of Youth Empowerment, Rutgers
Breakfast will be served. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 am. Click HERE to
Register Today! Deadline: May 20th. Seats are limited.
15, 2016-- Swearing-in Ceremony and Oath Renewal
Join us 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
Invitation to follow.
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
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 email@example.com today!
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.
June 2, 2016
Conference: Financing College for Foster Youth
June 15, 2016
Swearing-in & Oath Renewal Ceremony
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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