Thursday, February 24, 2011

Learning about Health Concerns for Sexually Active People

Wings for L.I.F.E. Event
(Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education)

Presented By
Theresa Williams
Health Educator for Dept. of Health

Chance to win two $20 gift certificates for gas

Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, February 27, 2011
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
For Questions call: Shelly @ 317-2042
Dinner provided and & crafts for children in a family friendly environment
(Sitter available)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Come to our Clocktail Party

Taylor Orthodontics
and the
Chaves County CASA Program

Invite you to a

Clocktail Party

Thursday, March 3rd
4:30 to 6:30 PM
Pecos Flavors Winery
305 N. Main
Clock-making ideas and parts will be available

Clock-makers, artists, sponsors and donors
are invited to support CASA’s programs for hurting children
at the 9th Annual Make Time For Kids event
on April 29th at the Roswell Civic Center

All donations are tax deductible
For more info: 575.625.0112 or

The Connection: National CASA's Magazine

Cover Story: Supporting Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

The number of youth aging out of foster care each year has increased from 19,000 to nearly 30,000 over the past decade. Too many youth are unable to complete their educations, find housing and jobs or get medical care. Many are not being connected to supportive families. But new legislation, and the attention of several key members of Congress, may go a long way to improving outcomes for older youth. Gary Stangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, is guest author.

Find the Connection here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New National CASA Podcast: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Stacy Shook, a board-certified behavior analyst and director of Northwest Behavioral Associates in Seattle, WA, discusses autism spectrum disorder. She describes how it may be treated and possible services for children and their caregivers. Listen to the podcast, or subscribe to receive the latest podcasts automatically.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month

Most teenagers do not experience physical aggression when they date. However, for CASA teens, abuse is a very real part of dating relationships (Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships, National Institute of Justice, 2008).

Beginning in 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice worked with the Senate to designate the entire month of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. As President Obama states in a 2011 Presidential Proclamation: "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month reflects our Nation’s growing understanding that violence within relationships often begins during adolescence. Each year, about one in four teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual violence. Abusive relationships can impact adolescent development, and teens who experience dating violence may suffer long-term negative behavioral and health consequences."

To help bring greater awareness to the dangers and consequences of teen dating violence, NCJRS shares with you the Teen Dating Violence Special Feature, an online compilation of publications and resources on the topic.

Monday, February 14, 2011

New and Improved Volunteers Section Offers Resources for CASA Staff and Volunteers

The Volunteers section of now contains an overhauled and updated Resource Library to help inform the work of CASA volunteers and other child advocates.

Resources provided include publications of National CASA and other organizations as well as annotated listings of websites. Topics covered include Addiction, Domestic Violence, Health, Immigration, Research and Evaluation and Working with Older Youth.

We hope that you find the new library useful in your work as a CASA/GAL program staff member and that you will encourage your volunteers to use this new resource. Please spread the word!

Find it here!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interpreting Children's Artwork: Brown Bag In-Service Training for Volunteers

How Volunteers Can Interpret and Utilize Abused Children's Art to Strengthen Their Advocacy:
A Two Part Training

Presented by Billy Hunter of ENMU-R

Thursday, February 10th
Wednesday, February 16th

Noon in the CASA Office

Valentine Making Event for the Whole Family at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

Handmade Valentines are making a comeback!


Ideas, samples, and supplies will be provided,
and the Valentine Cantina will be stocked with
kid-friendly and Valentine-approved food.
Price is $10 adults, $8 students age 12-18, and
$5 children under 12 (who must be accompanied by an adult).
This Valentine Event is part of the
For more information call 575-623-5600.

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Podcast: Use of Psychotropic Medication in the Foster Care System

In this latest podcast, Stephen McCrea, CASA supervisor with CASA for Children in Portland, OR, talks about the history of mental health treatment of foster youth.

He focuses on the introduction of psychotropic medications, their use today and what a CASA/GAL volunteer should know when working with medicated youth. Before working with the CASA program, McCrea was a crisis counselor and a residential counselor for youth. Listen to the podcast at our website, or subscribe to receive the latest podcasts via RSS or iTunes.

Wings for L.I.F.E. - Family Communication

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education

Family Communication &
Communication Traps

Presented By Bobby Heard, LMSW/LADAC

Brisket dinner will be served to celebrate Valentines Day

A drawing for one paid dinner for two will be held & other door prizes will be given away

Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, February 13, 2011
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
For Questions call: Jennifer @ 626-6292

Dinner provided and Valentine arts & crafts for children in a family friendly environment

(Sitter available)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011