Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Local Filmmaker is Making Movie About Foster Children

Local filmmaker Jacob Roebuck is raising capital to make a movie about abused children finding hope in a camp for foster kids. 

It is based on true stories from the lives of real children.

Go to CAMP to find out more about this beautiful project.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Looking for Adoption Stories for CBS’s A Home for the Holidays

Do you have a great adoption story to share?  National CASA would like to hear about it.
We have been asked to help identify adoption stories for the CBS television special program A Home for the Holidays. This yearly special, which airs in December, helps to create public awareness of adoption and draw attention to children in care who are waiting to be adopted.

The producers are looking for inspiring stories of children 5 years and older who have been successfully adopted. They add that they are hoping to find stories that match one or more of these categories:

• Adoption of a child who is comfortable sharing his/her story
• A couple with no children who adopts a foster child age 6–10
• Adoption of a foster child that will age out fairly soon (age 15–17)
• Adoption that highlights the importance of keeping siblings together

If you know of a story that might fit these criteria, please send details to no later than Wednesday, August 31. Thank you!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Go to Bat for National CASA

Thanks to State Farm and Major League Baseball, National CASA is a featured cause in the Go to Bat program.

By playing an online batting game each week, supporters can help National CASA qualify for weekly $18,000 prizes or a grand prize of $25,000, which will be awarded at the end of the 10-week program. Winning charities will be featured in a pregame ceremony during the 2011 World Series. Visit the Go to Bat website to participate. 

New National CASA Podcast: Today’s Health for Tomorrow

National CASA is back with their podcast series!

Our latest podcast is an interview with Syeda Naqvi from CASA of Cook County, IL, in which she discusses monitoring the health of youth in care and the effect of health on their future well-being. Listen now or subscribe via iTunes or RSS to receive the latest podcasts automatically.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wings for L.I.F.E. Meeting

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education
Being an Effective Parent
for Single, Separated, or Divorced Couples

Presented By
Balazs Batyka

We Will Be Raffling Off a Beautiful Baby Blanket

Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, August 21st, 2011
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For Questions call: Shelly @ 317-2042

Dinner provided & crafts for children in a family friendly environment
(Sitter available)

Monday, August 15, 2011

United Way of Chaves County Golf Tournament

9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting
United Way of Chaves County

Prizes: Cash & Credit for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.
Everyone has a chance to win $50,000 in putt off, prizes for
longest drive, all par 3’s and more!!!

Format: 4 Person Scramble (Min. Team Handicap of 45 with One
Player 10 Handicap or Less)
Team Entry Fee: $400 – Includes Green Fees, Carts, Range

Balls, Mulligans (2 per player), Split the Pot, Putt Off,

Breakfast, Lunch and Drinks on the Course.
Date & Place: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 8:00 A.M.
Shotgun Start – Spring River Golf Course.

Breakfast and Lunch Will Be Provided

Pick up & return entry forms to the Spring River Golf Course no later than 12:00 noon
Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Must be age 21 or older. Limited to first 26 teams.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Happenings

Brown Bag - August 4th, Balazs from Counseling Associates will be speaking to us about some of the services offered at the agency. He will also explain the best process on how to get information on our clients that are getting services through Counseling Associates.

Brown Bag - August 24th, a speaker from Harvest Ministries will be here to talk with us about the services they provide to our community. It will be another resource that we can share with our CASA families.

Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study on How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, has released an unprecedented statewide study of nearly 1 million Texas public secondary school students, followed for at least six years. Among its startling findings are that the majority of students were suspended or expelled between seventh to twelfth grade.

Funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Foundations, this study also found that when students are suspended or expelled, the likelihood that they will repeat a grade, not graduate, and/or become involved in the juvenile justice system increases significantly. African-American students and children with particular educational disabilities who qualify for special education were suspended and expelled at especially high rates.

Download the Press Release: New Report on How School Discipline Relates to Academic and Juvenile Justice Outcomes (.pdf)