Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wings for LIFE - Cultural Diversity Part 2

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education


PRESENTERS: Kaarina Jaeger, Margaret Rodriguez,
Rev. Landjur Abukusumo

Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at 6:15PM
Door Prize
Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden

SUNDAY, November 4th, 2012
6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
For Questions call: Shelly @ 317-2042
Free Dinner Provided

Crafts for children in a family friendly environment
(Sitter available)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

National CASA Webinar: Parents with LGBTQ Youth

Webinar: Parents with LGBTQ Youth - Working Toward Healthy Futures: October 25

This webinar will give participants a better understanding of the connection between the behaviors of parents (caregivers) and the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth. Webinar will be led by National CASA Training Director Anthony Petrarca.

This webinar is also appropriate for volunteers.

Read the webinar description and register today on (program login required). Volunteers may register at

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wings For Life - Pumpkin Decorating

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education

Family Pumpkin Decorating Night
Demonstration by Artist, Nancy Phillips 

Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at 6:10PM
Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, October 21ST, 2012
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For Questions call: Shelly @ 317-2042
Crafts for children in a family friendly environment
Sitter available

Monday, October 15, 2012

Brown Bag In-Service Training - Kinship Care

There will be a Brown Bag at noon on October 25th at CASA. Our lovely Reana Gonzales will be speaking on the topic of "Kinship/Guardianship".

It will cover how to help and guide families who are raising their family's or friend's children, due to incarceration, CYFD involvement, mental illness or a parent's inability to care for their children at that time. She will also be guiding us on how to get the proper paper work that is needed for these cases. Most of all she will tell us how to provide support for the new caretakers who have taken on a huge responsibility.

We will also be spending about 10 minutes talking about a really awesome opportunity for volunteers. We upgraded our database which gave us access to a program called CASAConnect. It will allow you to access files and case information and new documents we receive (drug screens, psych evals, etc.) from your home computer! How cool is that! So come prepared for a new experience! It's going to be awesome.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Roswell SAFE Coalition Holiday and Winter Safety Forum

Roswell SAFE Coalition Holiday and Winter Safety Forum

The public is invited to attend an informative forum on Holiday Safety to be held on Tuesday, October 23, at the Bondurant Room of the Roswell Public Library at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Roswell SAFE Coalition, presentations will be given by Chaves County and Roswell’s “First Responders,” including the Roswell Fire Department, Roswell Police Department, New Mexico State Police, and the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. There will be a variety of helpful information centered on safety during the Holiday Season, but including other topics as well. An example of one topic to be covered is KNOX Boxes, a system which enables firemen to enter a residence to perform a rescue, and yet eliminates the need to break down a door or create other damage. Each organization will have available a table of various brochures and information. The forum will last about two hours and is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

This is the second in the series of events on safety topics to be brought to the Roswell public. Founded in 2009, the Roswell SAFE Coalition has a mission of “working to build a safe community,” specifically by presenting educational programs such as this which directly affect the safety and well being of the community.

For additional information, contact Steve Wolfe at 622-4014 or

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth

The Safe Start Center has released “Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates,” a 16-page brief that examines the prevalence and impact of child victimization and exposure to violence. The publication also covers trauma-related stress symptoms, assessments, and treatments; offers practice tips for judges, attorneys, and court-appointed special advocates; and provides guidance for advancing policy to support trauma-informed practice. You can download this brief at

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Podcast!—A Judge’s Perspective

In this week's podcast, Judge Joyce Williams Warren of Little Rock, AR, talks about why CASA volunteers are so important to her in her work. Listen to A Judge’s Perspective.

We hope you subscribe to our podcast to keep informed and in touch. But you might also get credits! Before pursuing this as a training activity, check with your volunteer supervisor to see if listening to National CASA podcasts is an approved means of earning continuing education credits in your program and to learn how many credits you will

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wings For Life - Leaving a Legacy

Wings for L.I.F.E.

(Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education)

“Leaving a Legacy”
…What We Teach Our Children…

Presented by Lisa Reese, Administrator
Chaves County Pregnancy Resource Center

Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at
6:00PM and doors will be shut at 6:15PM
Free Dinner Provided

Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden

SUNDAY, October 7, 2012
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For Questions call: Shelly @ 317-2042

Crafts for children in a family friendly environment (Sitter available)

Adoption Month e-Magazine

Adoption news from aroud the nation is available here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

From the Bench - A Judge Speaks

Why I Want a CASA Volunteer for Every Child

In June, Judge Joyce Williams Warren, 10th Division Circuit Court, AR, was named 2012 National CASA Judge of the Year for her support of the CASA cause and efforts to improve the lives of abused and neglected children. She was nominated by the Pulaski County CASA program in Little Rock.
Judge Joyce Williams Warren
Below, Judge Warren turns the spotlight on CASA volunteers, sharing words of admiration for advocates’ drive, skills and contributions, and describing why she thinks every abused and neglected child should have a CASA volunteer.

I want a CASA for every child. It is a goal that I’ve had since I started. I love CASA volunteers because they go out of their way to stay for the life of the case, through thick and thin, and do the best they can to ensure that needed services are provided and that children get out of the foster care system. Caseworkers can be incredibly talented but are often overworked. Appointed attorneys and others may change. The CASA volunteer is often the one committed and caring adult who is looking out for a child’s best interests.

I get a lot of CASA volunteers before me—but not as many as I would love! These volunteers are driven from within—from the core of their being—to improve the lives of children. They give their time, dedication and energy to the work because they love it, because they know that it is important and because they care about people. They are there for the children, not for accolades or awards.

CASA volunteers tackle tough situations and issues, and they follow through. Even when it gets really bad, and really frustrating, and really disheartening, they keep going because it’s their mission—to improve the lives of children who are abused and neglected and get them out of the court system, back home or into an alternate home that is safe, permanent and appropriate to them.

A good CASA volunteer is objective and fair, willing to challenge systems that aren't working, open-minded, eager to learn, and able to talk with others in an appropriate way even when they are disagreeing. CASA volunteers are honest and determined. And I must add that they have common sense, because that goes a long way.

As a result of all of these things—their drive, passion, hard work, and the dedication and information that CASA volunteers bring to bear on these cases—I am able to make the best decisions for the children that come before me. I could not do my job as well as I do without them. Listen to Judge Warren's advice to volunteers about working with judges (3 MB MP3).

Read more from members of the judicial community in the Judges' Page newsletter.

New CASA Connection Online Now!

National CASA Association's Connection is a wonderful resource for CASA Volunteers. 

The new Connection magazine highlights the educational advocacy efforts of CASA programs in California, Indiana and New Jersey, and shares top tips from the director of Advocates for Children (Columbus, IN).

Also featured:

• 2012 National CASA Judge of the Year talks about why she wants a CASA volunteer for every child

• A Williamson County (TN) CASA volunteer reflects on 10 years of service

• A Kentucky foster care alumni and program staff member describes how a CASA volunteer changed the direction of his life.

Go here for more!