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 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)