Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Give the Gift of Peace

For Christmas, separated parents should give peace

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 9:00 pm

Even though separated parents argue as to the best residential schedule, choice of school, faith, holiday time, Christmas and extra-curricular activities, these issues are simply not as predictive for the outcome of children of separated parents as conflict alone.
More to the point, the greater the parental conflict, the greater the risk for the child having a poor developmental trajectory. Children who are subject to ongoing parental hostilities are more apt to have school-related problems, social difficulties, early onset sexual behavior, a greater likelihood of drug/alcohol related problems, vocational difficulties and then issues in their adult intimate relationships. The parents of these children are at risk of having problematic relationship with their children, not only as youngsters but when their children are adults, too.
To the degree one or both parents can remain neutral in the face of provocation and conflict, the children are better served and the risk profile is improved. This might mean one parent acquiesces to the demands of the other, assuming not totally lopsided, dangerous or abusive. In so doing, this parent elevates the need of the child to be spared the parental conflict and thus subordinates their needs or wants to facilitate peace. While this parent may fee like they are losing something in the moment, this parent may actually gain the better lifelong relationship with their child in return.
That child, come adulthood, eventually develops a realistic appraisal of both parents and comes to appreciate the sacrifice of one in the face of the demands of the other. That adult child, no long bound by parental control can then re-right the balance and chose to prioritize the parent that more facilitated peace.
If you cannot settle the Christmas Day transition, imagine, letting go of Christmas Eve and Day each year in the name of peace for your child. Imagine developing your own ritual of celebrating Christmas on a day other than Dec. 25. Imagine being able to concentrate on the joy of your child opening gifts in the absence of animosity and anger. Imagine your gift to your child, peaceful co-existence with their other parent, and the return on that investment in your child’s ability to concentrate at school, form relationships and then be appreciative of your choices in their adult life.
Conflict will abate if at least one parent facilitates peace through flexibility and advancing this need of the child ahead of their desires. If a parent fights for what is fair, you may win the battle yet lose the war. The collateral damage includes the child directly as well as the potential for a meaningful lifelong relationship with your child come adulthood.
For Christmas, at least this year, give your child the gift of peace. After all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW, is a social worker expert on matters of family life, media personality and parenting.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Spanking Kids Makes Them Lawbreakers

Spanking misbehaving kids is a topic debated by parents everywhere. And now, with the release of a new study, there appears to be solid, scientific evidence against the practice. Anthony explains what the researchers behind the study uncovered. Read more

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Congratulations New CASA Volunteers!

Welcome Phyllis, Cameall, Kim, Lisa and Kai!

Here they are at Swearing In with Judge Currier and Volunteer Coordinator Amber Dollar.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wings For Life - Community Engagement

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

Be the Change you Want to See!
PRESENTED BY: Jimmy Masters, Health Educator-Dept. of Health

St. Andrew’s Parish Hall
505 N Pennsylvania Ave.
SUNDAY, November 24th, 2013
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For Questions call:  Shelly @ 317-2042
Dinner provided and Arts & Crafts for Children in a family friendly environment
(Sitter available)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Guerreros Toy Run Sunday!

Winter Wonderland is Friday!

Join us Friday, November 22nd at 5:00 at First American Bank for the event of the season!

Winter Wonderland is an auction event of fabulous Christmas Decor.  Proceeds support the work of CASA.

Entrance is free.  Delicious food and drink are provided.

Thank you to First American Bank, Xcel Energy and Lovelace Regional Hospital for making this possible.

Buy a Nissan and CASA gets $100!

Tis the season for giving and Roswell Nissan is doing just that.  Starting this Monday through the end of the month, Roswell  Nissan will donate $100 per vehicle sold to Chaves County CASA.

Last year alone, Chaves County CASA served around 1400 local children.  CASA depends on donations and volunteers to continue their supports of Chaves County's abused and neglected children.  Please help Roswell Nissan by donating your time, money or a toy donation from a CASA Tree this holiday season.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Upcoming Webinars from Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

CWLA is presenting several upcoming webinar opportunities that may be of interest to CASA/GAL program staff. This week and next week they are holding presentations on different approaches (community-based and public heath-based) for reducing serious child maltreatment among children 0-5.
Also, on November 21 CWLA will hold a webinar on the emerging issue of the use of medical marijuana with children and adolescents.

Expanded Resources from All Children - All Families

All Children - All Families, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, has announced new, expanded resources for child welfare agencies to improve practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients.

All Children - All Families has identified ten key benchmarks of LGBT cultural competency: proven best practices in supporting and serving LGBT youth and families. Agencies that participate in All Children - All Families work to meet each of these benchmarks using the project's innovative resources, including an online agency self-assessment tool, comprehensive staff training, free technical assistance and more.

If an agency achieves all of the benchmarks, it is recognized as a "Leader in Supporting and Serving LGBT Youth and Families" and awarded the All Children - All Families Seal of Recognition. This seal can be used to enhance your agency's outreach and recruitment efforts within the LGBT community and to reassure LGBT youth and their families of your commitment.

To learn more and participate today, email or visit hrc.org/acaf and click "Get Started."

You can also print an overview of All Children - All Families to share with your program here

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

National CASA Podcast - Technology and Advocacy

New Podcast: Technology and Advocacy
Combining their expertise in technology and the law, Sharon Nelson and John Simek lead a nationally known legal technology and computer forensics company. Their work includes computer forensics and data recovery services, expert witness testimony on a broad range of technology and electronic evidence subjects, and litigation support services related to e-discovery. Sharon and John are also volunteers with Fairfax (VA) CASA.

In the latest National CASA podcast, John and Sharon share tips on working with the legal system and keeping things confidential using online tools, as well as thoughts about using Skype to meet with CASA youth.

National CASA Conference in Dallas in 2014

19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect - Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. This year’s conference theme is “Making Meaningful Connections.” The conference focuses on the intersections between policy, research and practice, and will also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). This conference is sponsored by the Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2014, in New Orleans. For more information and registration, see the conference website.

Reminder: Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Youth

Young adults who left foster care at 18 years old or older and will be younger than 26 on January 1, 2014, can get Medicaid health insurance coverage until they are 26 years old. But they have to sign up! Caseworkers should talk with teenagers/young adults who qualify about signing up now. Youth who were in foster care and returned home, or were adopted or stayed with other family, may still be able to get Medicaid depending on their income.

Wings For Life - Sheltering the Homeless

Wings for L.I.F.E.
Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education
“Sheltering the Homeless”
Jane Batson & the Leadership Team
Door Prize Drawing
Enjoy free Enchilada Dinner in family-friendly environment!
ST. Andrew’s Parish Hall
505 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
SUNDAY, November 10th, 2013
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
For Questions call:  Shelly @ 317-2042
Dinner provided and Arts & Crafts for Children in a family friendly environment
(Sitter available)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Resources For Working with Older Youth

Two new publications have been added to the National CASA Resource Library section on Working with Older Youth.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Complimentary issue of RISE Magazine

CWLA is pleased to share a complimentary copy of "Rise" magazine. Rise teaches and encourages parents to write about their experiences with the child welfare system in order to support parents and parent advocacy, and to guide child welfare practitioners and policymakers in becoming more responsive to the families and communities they serve. "Rise" Issue Number 25, Fall 2013.

Identifying trauma in children early: Prevention treatments lower risk of stress disorders

Science World Report
Accidents of any kind can create lasting memories of fear, grief and sadness. And when terrorizing memories strike younger individuals, it can cause a great deal problems that may last well into adulthood and throughout life. A recent study takes an in-depth look at how children are affected by traumatizing accidents and how these events can cause them to suffer from stress disorders long after the problems have gone.  For more go here.

Is sibling bullying normal or a form of violence?

Psych Central 
New research suggests that sibling bullying be seen as a type of violence experienced by many kids that has been overlooked. Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., a Clemson University psychology professor, explored sibling bullying by examining prevalence rates, the extent to which siblings perceive sibling bullying to be normative, and victim–perpetrator differences in perceptions of sibling bullying.  For more go here.

Abused as a child, adopted teen now reaches out to foster children

The Advocate
Elijah Evans easily and effortlessly tells the story of his early life — life before he found a home and a feeling for what the word "family" meant. "I'm not uncomfortable sharing it because it was negative and positive. It was a negative experience that became positive because God put me in a better place. Now, I get to do something in the community, and make a difference," said Evans, now a confident young teen, weeks away from his 16th birthday, about the abuse he survived at the hands of the woman who gave birth to him. For more here.

Kinship Foster Caregivers

Kinship Foster Caregivers — Partners for Permanency

By Lynne Soine, DSW, MSW, LMSW 
Social Work Today
Vol. 13 No. 5 P. 12

The child welfare system has embraced permanency planning for decades, and increasing access to financial, social, medical, and educational resources for formal and informal kinship foster care providers benefits both the children and the system.  For more go here.

Child Welfare League of America - Petition to Protect Adopted Children From Human Trafficking

Abandoned every week
On average one child per week is advertised on the Internet by struggling adoptive parents privately offering them to strangers, according to a recent Reuters report. Absent any vetting or background check process, the children are at serious risk of exploitation, trafficking and abuse. Will you take action for these children?

One quick action per week until Adoption Month in November will build the momentum to compel Congress and the Administration to investigate and stop this appalling practice.

Sign our petition this week at: http://bit.ly/StopRe-homing. There you can learn more and find a list of actions you can take every week to promote the effort to protect children and support adoptive families.

Wings For Life - Teen Dating Violence

Wings for L.I.F.E.
(Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education)
Teen Dating Violence
(What teens and parents can do to help break the cycle)
Presented By
Doug Southern, Roswell Refuge
 Doors open at 5:45. Meeting starts at 6:00.
Special Teen Door Prize
Baby Sitting
All for Free

St. Andrew’s Church Hall
505 N. Pennsylvania
SUNDAY, October 6th, 2013
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For Questions call:  Shelly @ 317-2042
family friendly environment
(Sitter available)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Child Victim Web: New Online Training Resource

The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina has developed a new multimedia online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children and adolescents who have experienced or witnessed serious violence.

Child Victim Web includes training on the scope and impact of childhood victimization, evidence-based treatment plans and best practices for helping victimized youth and their families.

See the video introduction for more detailed information.

Retaining Medicaid Coverage for Foster Youth

Effective January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision which allows all young people who were or are in foster care at age 18 to retain Medicaid coverage up to age 26.

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) has released a new brief outlining key steps child welfare stakeholders can take to ensure Medicaid coverage for these youth. SPARC has also released a new communications toolkit to facilitate outreach aimed at communicating the changes in the law to foster youth.

Monday, September 30, 2013

SAFE Coalition Training and Prescription Takeback

Roswell's SAFE Coalition is inviting all residents of Chaves County to the following upcoming events:

PUBLIC FORUM titled "TODAY'S CRIMINAL TRENDS; PROTECT YOURSELF NOW" presented by Sgt. Jay Blakeney of the New Mexico State Police Office in Roswell.

Date:   Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time:   6:00 pm
Place:  Roswell Public Library Bondurant Room

There will also be a "PRESCRIPTION TAKEBACK" on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Neighborhood Watch office located at 426 North Main, Roswell. 

For more information on either of these events, please feel free to call 575-622-7233.

Abuse, lack of parental warmth in childhood linked to multiple health risks in adulthood

The effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically.

There are many reports assessing the psychological damage resulting from childhood abuse, and the effects on physical health have also been well documented. For instance, this "toxic" stress has been linked to elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and other physical conditions posing a significant health risk. The research into the physical effects of abuse, however, has focused on separate, individual systems.

A new UCLA-led study for the first time examines the effects of abuse and lack of parental affection across the body's entire regulatory system, and finds a strong biological link for how negative early life experiences affect physical health. The study is published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Our findings suggest that there may be a way to reduce the impact abuse has, at least in terms of physical health," said Judith E. Carroll, a research scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, and the study's lead author. "If the child has love from parental figures they may be more protected from the impact of abuse on adult biological risk for health problems than those who don't have that loving adult in their life."

The researchers studied 756 adults who had participated in a study called Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA). They measured 18 biological markers of health risk, such as blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone, cholesterol, waist circumference, inflammation, and blood sugar regulation, and added up their risks across these markers to create a summary index called "allostatic load." Values at the upper range across these markers indicated they were at higher biological risk for disease. Previous research has shown that higher levels of allostatic load are associated with increased likelihood of a negative health event such as a heart attack or stroke, or show declines in physical or cognitive functioning.

To determine the study subjects' childhood stress the researchers used a well-validated self-report scale called the Risky Families Questionnaire.

They found a significant link between reports of childhood abuse and multisystem health risks But those who reported higher amounts of parental warmth and affection in their childhood had lower multisystem health risks The researchers also found a significant interaction of abuse and warmth, so that individuals reporting low levels of love and affection and high levels of abuse in childhood had the highest multisystem risk in adulthood.

The researchers suggest that toxic childhood stress alters neural responses to stress, boosting the emotional and physical arousal to threat and making it more difficult for that reaction to be shut off.
"Our findings highlight the extent to which these early childhood experiences are associated with evidence of increased biological risks across nearly all of the body's major regulatory systems" said Teresa Seeman, professor of medicine in the division of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and of epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, and the paper's senior author. "If we only look at individual biological parameters such as blood pressure or cholesterol, we would miss the fact that the early childhood experiences are related to a much broader set of biological risk indicators – suggesting the range of health risks that may result from such adverse childhood exposures".

The authors note that the findings are based on a cross-sectional analysis and do not prove causation. It used information provided by the participants, so there may be some recall bias. Also, the analysis may not have captured other factors affecting regulatory systems, such as poor nutrition or environmental pollution.

But the findings suggest that parental warmth and affection protect one against the harmful effects of toxic childhood stress. Also, the lingering effects of childhood abuse can be linked to age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Among other things, this could have an effect on long-term health care costs.

"It is our hope that this will encourage public policy support for early interventions," Carroll said. "If we intervene early in risky families and at places that provide care for children by educating and training parents, teachers, and other caregivers in how to provide a loving and nurturing environment, we may also improve the long term health trajectories of those kids."


Additional study co-authors are Shelley E. Taylor of UCLA, Tara L. Gruenewald of the University of Southern California, Denise Janicki-Deverts of Carnegie Mellon University, and Karen A. Matthews of the University of Pittsburgh.

The CARDIA study is conducted and supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Grants N01-HC95095 and N01-HC48047); University of Minnesota (Grant N01-HC48048); Northwestern University (Grant N01-HC48049); Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (Grant N01-HC48050); University of California, Irvine; Echocardiography Reading Center (Grant N01-HC-45134); Harbor–University of California (Los Angeles, CA) Research Education Institute and Computed Tomography Reading Center (Grant N01-HC-05187). This study was also supported by MacArthur Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health through grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and by Grant T32-MH19925 and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA.

The Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology encompasses an interdisciplinary network of scientists working to advance the understanding of psychoneuroimmunology by linking basic and clinical research programs and by translating findings into clinical practice. The center is affiliated with the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The UCLA Division of Geriatrics, within the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services at several convenient locations, and works closely with other UCLA programs that strive to improve or maintain the quality of life of seniors. UCLA geriatricians are specialists in the managing of the overall health of people age 65 and older and treating the medical disorders that frequently affect the elderly, including falls and immobility, urinary incontinence (lack of bladder control), memory loss and dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. As a result of their specialized training, geriatricians can knowledgably consider and address a broad spectrum of health-related factors – including medical, psychological and social – when treating their patients.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wings For Life - Finding a Job

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

Finding the Right Job for You!
Presented By: Veronica Alonzo of NM Workforce Connection

Door prize drawings to be held

St. Andrew’s Parish Hall
505 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Sunday, September 22nd
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Something for the Whole Family
Free Dinner Provided
For Questions call:  Shelly @ 317-2042

National CASA Conference in Grapevine, TX in 2014

Scholarships Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Conference Scholarship Program. A total of 60 scholarships will be awarded to CASA/GAL staff and active volunteers to attend the 2014 Conference, June 7-10, in Grapevine, TX. Please view our scholarship page to learn more and submit an application. Applications must be received by December 6, 2013, to be considered.

Trends in Foster Care

Data Brief on Demographic Trends in Foster Care Released by ACYF

A new data brief was released this month by the Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation (ODARE) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). Recent Demographic Trends in Foster Care documents trends over the last decade in the size and racial and ethnic composition of the foster care population, including select state and county patterns.

Overall the foster care population has reduced in number over the last decade, and the percentage of African American children in care has declined dramatically, although the shifts are largely centralized in a few locations. For more detail the brief can be found on the Children’s Bureau’s website.

"I Have a Dream" Video Now Posted

National CASA Video "I Have a Dream"

This August, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, National CASA asked the CASA/GAL network to share their dreams for the children we serve. Our communications team compiled submissions from across the country, all of which highlight the commitment and caring of the CASA/GAL community. Thank you for being a part of this project, and enjoy the video!

New Resources from the National CASA Association

New Resources – Training Volunteers Around Sex Awareness and Education

It is important for CASA volunteers to be aware and prepared for challenges which involve sexual behavior and/or sexual abuse or exploitation, and also to have access to appropriate resources that can provide guidance to  youth themselves.

A new resource list has now been posted in the volunteer resources area of casaforchildren.org collecting training resources, publications and other links of use to programs and volunteers working with youth at risk of pregnancy, sexual abuse, exploitation and/or trafficking.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Provides Medicaid Coverage for Older and Former Foster Youth

Beginning January 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that states must provide Medicaid coverage for individuals under age 26 who were in foster care at age 18 and receiving Medicaid. This mandatory coverage is available up to age 26, and youth in care at age 18 are automatically eligible. Please ensure that CASA/GAL volunteers currently serving older youth convey that this coverage is available to them, and that the child welfare agency ensures this extension of coverage.

This important provision was actually suggested by a former foster youth serving as a congressional intern to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), when the intern learned that the ACA allows health insurance coverage under a parent's plan for their children up to age 26.

The Department of Health and Human Services has not yet released a final ruling on whether the extension of Medicaid coverage is portable to another state, i.e., whether it must be recognized by another state if the youth moves to the other state after the age of 18.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Braces For CASA Kids

National CASA Partners with Smile for a Lifetime

National CASA has entered into a partnership with the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (S4L). S4L is an international nonprofit organization that provides orthodontic care and free braces to underserved children with financial challenges. The mission of S4L is to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in a dramatic way.

Local CASA staff members are encouraged to nominate youth ages 11-18 who are in need of but unable to afford the cost of braces by taking the following steps:

• Locate a local Smile for a Lifetime Chapter by visiting their website and clicking on the map.

• Once you locate a participating orthodontics office near you, contact the local office to find out more about the program. Most chapters will have an online application available to download and print. The application process is competitive and dependent on the number of applicants and the orthodontic need of each applicant.

• Ensure the youth has any assistance needed to complete and submit the application.

• Write a one page reference letter for the child to include in their application.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fostering Media Connections Presents Web Series About Sexual Education for Foster Youth

Fostering Media Connections (FMC) presents a new web series: “Let’s Talk About Sex, With Foster Youth.”

Biological parents are usually responsible for having “the talk” but in the lives of foster youth, no one is responsible for teaching teens about safe sex practices and healthy relationships. Young women in foster care are 2.5 times more likely than those not in foster care to have been pregnant by the age of 19, and youth in foster care are at an increased risk for sexually transmitted infections.

Each episode in this series includes interviews with foster youth, the adults in their lives, and experts on a range of topics covering sexual health, family planning, and the psychological issues associated with sexuality. The series has invaluable information for anyone whose role it is to talk with youth about sex and related issues. See the videos and find more resources on FMC’s website.

FMC has launched a “Summer Sex Talk Series” challenge to have at least 30 organizations or individuals host screenings of “Let’s Talk About Sex, With Foster Youth.” Learn more and sign up.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Wings For Life - Facing Challenges

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education

Women Incarcerated with Substance Abuse Issues
Facts on Child Abuse & Neglect

Presented By WFL Team Instructors: Teresa Williams, MSW/LADAC
& Sylvia Sadler, MSW Cand/LSAA

…Door Prize Drawings...
Information & map will be provided for this year’s WFL
Bar-B-Que & Swim Party on July 7th at ENMU Campus!

Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
Sunday, June 9th
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Free Dinner Provided

For Questions call: Shelly @ 317-2042

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New Podcast - Improving Outcomes for Older Youth

Older youth often age out of the foster care system without the tools and resources needed to successfully transition to adulthood. CASA and GAL volunteers that have been trained with the National CASA Fostering Futures curriculum are more aware of the needs of older youth and are better able to work alongside them to realize better outcomes. In this podcast, four staff members from the Essex County CASA program in Newark, NJ, discuss their experiences implementing Fostering Futures and how they are tracking and documenting outcomes.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Video Training - Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care

This is a very informative video on youth transitioning out of foster care. It's about 45 minutes long, so grab something to eat or drink and enjoy!

Remember we all need 12 training hours by July, so if you need hours here is an easy way to get them. CASA VOLUNTEERS Rock!!!!


May Happenings

May Happenings

May 7th - Case Planning Meetings at CYFD

May 13th - Board Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

May 10th- Court Reports due by noon

May 14th & 15th - Abuse and Neglect Court

May 23rd - Last day of school

May 27th - Memorial Day, CASA Office Closed

May 27th-June 13th - Amber is out of the office, Call Mary if you need anything. :)

May 28th- CASA Summer Hours, Monday-Thursday 9:00-4:00p.m., Friday 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wings For Life Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education




Doors open at 5:45 PM Meeting starts at 6:00PM
Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, May 5th, 2013
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For Questions call: Shelly @ 317-2042

inner provided & crafts for children in a family friendly environment
Sitter available

Monday, April 29, 2013

Public Square Show About the Transition from Foster Care in NM

Public Square Show About the Transition from Foster Care in NM

This is a great piece about the BFF Program and mentoring transitioning youth in New Mexico.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Wings For Life - Take Control of Your Health

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education

Physical Activity & Nutrition

Presented by: Jimmy Masters, Health Educator
Department of Health

Door Prize Drawings Will Be Held!
Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at 6:05 PM

Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, April 21st, 2013
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

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Power of Talking to Your Baby

The Power of Talking to Your Baby

New York Times

By the time a poor child is 1 year old, she has most likely already fallen behind middle-class children in her ability to talk, understand and learn. The gap between poor children and wealthier ones widens each year, and by high school it has become a chasm. American attempts to close this gap in schools have largely failed, and a consensus is starting to build that these attempts must start long before school — before preschool, perhaps even before birth.

For the entire article, go  to http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/10/the-power-of-talking-to-your-baby/

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities

The Vera Institute of Justice has just released “Sexual Abuse of Children With Disabilities: A National Snapshot,” which found that children with disabilities are three times more likely than children without them to be victims of sexual abuse, and the likelihood is even higher for children with intellectual or mental health disabilities.  This is an important study and can be downloaded at   http://www.vera.org/pubs/sexual-abuse-of-children-with-disabilities-national-snapshot.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Join us as we honor our CASA Volunteers

Thursday, April 11th

11:00 to 1:00
in the CASA Office

Wings For Life - Teen Depression and Suicide

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education

Presented By:
Jesse Chavez, LC 5 CAT

Doors open at 5:45p.m. Meeting starts at 6:00p.m.
Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden

SUNDAY, April 7th, 2013
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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Happenings

March Happenings

March 2nd-6th- Courthouse Dog Training in Sante Fe

March 7th- CAMP the Movie at Galaxy 8 5:00 p.m.

March 11th- Board Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

March 12th-Case Planning Meetings at CYFD

March 13th- Quilter's Tea at 10:00 a.m.

March 19th- Abuse and Neglect Court at 9:00 a.m.

March 22nd- TPR Court

March 26th- Brown Bag at noon at the CASA office. Parenting Class Information

March 29th- Good Friday, CASA Office Closed, CYFD Easter Egg Hunt at 4:30 p.m.

Sneak Preview on CAMP

Wings For Life - Housing, Tenant Issues & Court Preparation

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education


Presented By:
Legal Aid Team

Special Door Prize Drawing
Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at 6:00

Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, March 10th, 2013
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

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teen Dating Abuse in the Digital Age

One in four dating teens is abused or harassed online or through texts by their partners, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. New technologies—social networking sites, texts, cell phones, and e-mails—have given abusers another way to control, degrade, and frighten their partners. These tools haven’t pushed overall abuse rates up, but have allowed abusers to harass their victims anywhere and at any time, even when they’re apart.  Go here to find “Teen Dating Abuse in the Digital Age”

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wings For Life - Parenting Basics

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education

Presented By:

Safe and Stable Families Team

Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at 6:00
Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, February 24th, 2013
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, February 18, 2013

Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children - One Dog at a Time

The National CASA Association has done a podcast about Courthouse Dogs and our very own Emma!

Since 2003 specially trained facility dogs have been assisting children and other individuals with physical, psychological or emotional trauma in the court system.  In this podcast, Ellen O'Neill-Stephens and Celeste Walsen from the Courthouse Dogs Foundation talk about how this program got started and provide their legal and clinical expertise on how dogs are changing the way emotional needs are being met in the courts, especially with child victims.

Go here to hear the podcast.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TED Talk - Dynamics in Abusive Relationships

Can abuse feel good? Kristin Carmichael at TEDxABQWomen

This short (10 minute) talk is a tool that can be used in may ways to educate, staff, volunteers, clients or community members about a particularly dangerous dynamic in abusive relationship. It delves into how abusive people use enticing behaviors (gifts, promises, apologies) to re-engage and trap their partners in destructive relationships.

TED Talks are offered to experts who have an "idea worth sharing." This particular talk was given in ABQ last December to a live audience of 300 people and was streamed online to over 70,000.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wings For Life - Supporting Recovery

Wings for L.I.F.E.

Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education


Presented By:
Dr. Bob Phillips, DBH, LMSW, LADAC,
Director Human Services ENMU-Roswell


Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at 6:00
Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden
SUNDAY, February 10th, 2013
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

Teen Dating Violence Prevention

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. 

You can sign up to receive a free toolkit from Break the Cycle and loveisrespect at http://www.teendvmonth.org/about-teendvmonth; and you can also download a Resource Kit to promote TDVPA Month and Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Programs from the SAVIN Online Community Virtual Library at http://savinonline.org/download/public-awareness/2013-National-TDVAP-Month-SAVIN-Resource-Kit.pdf

Monday, February 4, 2013

February Happenings

February Happenings

February 4th- Volunteer Training 12-5p.m.

February 5th- Abuse & Neglect Court 9:00a.m.

February 6th-Volunteer Training 12-3p.m.

February 12th-Case Planning Meetings at CYFD all day

February 12th-CYFD Family Night at 6:00p.m.

February 19th-Abuse & Neglect Court at 9:00a.m.

February 22nd-TPR court

Week of February 25th there will be a Brown Bag at the movie theater. More details to follow on time, date and movie details. Take a look at this link below of the movie we will be watching.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Message From Coordinator Amber Dollar to Volunteers


• I hope everyone had a great weekend! There will be a Brown Bag at the CASA office at noon on Tuesday January 29th. We will be talking about "CASA CONNECT" it is a new way for CASA volunteers to login to a website and get different information on your case, and sooooo much more neat things you will be able to do. Please make sure and come to this Brown Bag if you can. :) It is a great opportunity for CASA's to have. CASA will provide lunch so those of you who work just stop on by for your lunch break.

• CYFD has started having monthly gatherings for foster children, foster parents, and biological parents. This month they will be getting together at the Roswell Public Library for "Reading Night". If you talk to your foster parents ask and see if they take the children to these, if they do, feel free to check it out. It will be from 6:30-8:00 on Monday evening, January 28th.

• Please remember to reply to the Brown Bag learning email I sent out at the first of the month, you will get credit for responding to it. It will close January 29th.

• Those of you who have court on February 5th, your reports are due February 1st, by noon. So check your notes and see if that's you. :) Everyone is doing amazing on report writing and getting them in on time. CASA STAFF IS VERY IMPRESSED!!!!

• Mark your Calenders for Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 11th, 11:30-1:00


Amber Dollar LMSW
Chaves County CASA
Volunteer Coordinator

Wings For Life - Opioid Addiction

Wings for L.I.F.E.

(Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education
Presented By
Rebecca Trujillo, RN, MSN, School Health Advocate


Doors open at 5:45 PM. Meeting starts at 6:00
Roswell Boys & Girls Club
201 S. Garden

SUNDAY, January 27th, 2013
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

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Adoption Tax Credit Included in Budget Deal

The budget deal passed yesterday, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), includes the permanent extension of the adoption tax credit, unfortunately without refundability. The credit was extended without a sunset provision. Had Congress not acted the credit would have expired. The bill retained the provision that allows the adoption tax credit to be “flat” for special needs, meaning special needs adoptions are excluded from needing to document qualified adoption expenses, and it includes a permanent cost of living adjustment so that it will be indexed for inflation. While it is good news that the adoption tax credit is permanent and that it includes these provisions, not including the refundability provision means that many families will not benefit. It is our hope that in the future Congress will revisit this policy and include refundability.

Go here for more.