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.

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