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March 2018
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15th Annual Promise of Hope Luncheon
There is Still Time to Register!
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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Overland Park Ritz Charles
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.

Plan on joining CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties for our 15th Annual Promise of Hope Luncheon. Honoring Child Abuse Prevention, this inspirational program encourages involvement while sharing messages of hope for children who have been abused and neglected. Featured speakers, Jodi and Ryan Fischer, will share a personal story of their family's journey through foster care. The Fischers will credit CASA advocate Carol Dykman in helping to bring their son permanency. The Promise of Hope Luncheon is free for all attendees; however, guests are encouraged to contribute financially in support of CASA children. We hope you will join us for this worthy event!

For more information, please visit our website. To RSVP, please contact Amanda Volmer at 913.715.4034.                                                                                          
March is National Social Work Month
We Love Our Social Workers!
We love our Social Workers

March is National Social Work Month. The purpose is to spotlight the profession and highlight how essential social workers are to improving family relationships, improving social support systems, and strengthening communities. We celebrate the contributions of social workers during National Social Work Month in March.

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties' mission is to empower abused and neglected children with a volunteer's voice in court by seeking a safe and permanent home for each child. Since 1985, CASA has been advocating for child victims of abuse or neglect. The program works to break the cycle of abuse and builds stronger, happier and better-adjusted children; providing a benefit to the entire community. Our accomplishments – past, present or future – are not possible without the talent, compassion and tireless dedication of our social workers!  


Welcome Back to CASA, Dee Ann!
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Hello. I am Dee Ann Heptas and I am so happy
and honored to be on staff again at CASA, an organization whose mission I respect so much. I have spent most of my life in Kansas, but recently worked in rural West Virginia and right here in northeast Johnson County in faith based organizations serving the poor through direct services.

A cherished opportunity has been to travel to Africa and volunteer at Angel House Orphan’s Home in Tanzania. I even got to write a court report while I was there, using my CASA experience in support of an adoption for a special needs child. 

A quote that grabbed me recently was from Dr. Susan David, author of ­Emotional Agility­. “Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.” As I think about the role of a CASA volunteer, CASA certainly calls us to get outside our comfort zone on behalf of the children we serve. I look forward to working together! I can be reached at or at 913.715.4039. 


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Become a Volunteer Advocate for Children
CASA Child Abuse awarness month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties is raising awareness about child abuse and neglect and the need for more dedicated members of the community to step up and become CASA volunteers.

When a child is placed in the foster care system due to abuse or neglect, they are often removed from their home and placed in state care – sometimes far away from their family, loved ones and community. CASA
, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are everyday people from all walks of life who are recruited and specially trained to advocate for these children and provide a consistent, reliable adult presence for them during a difficult time in their life. 

Locally, CASA served 443 children and 275 families in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in 2017. This is only one-third of the children in our community who need someone to speak up for them. This April, consider stepping up to make a difference for these children by becoming a CASA volunteer.
CASA Volunteer Training 
Classes Forming Now! 
Do you want to be trained to advocate for abused or neglected children? A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a stable, reliable adult who ensures the child's needs for safety and permanence are met.  Our CASA's provide critical information to the Judge so that a more informed decision can be made for the child.
Our next CASA training classes are forming now and will begin soon. 
If you are interested in attending training, please contact Alli Zuel at 913.715.4033.

Register Now! 
2018 CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk
Corporate Woods, Overland Park
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Superhero Save the Date Make plans now to join us for our 5th Annual CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk at Corporate Woods in Overland Park!  This chip-timed event benefits both CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties and Jackson County CASA, and is a great family-friendly event. We have created a fun event with a 5K run/walk, kids-caped fun run, activities for the kids, vendors, costume contests for both participants and dogs.  

All dogs must be current on vaccinations and handled by a responsible adult. Participants must pick up after their dogs.

Register Today, can't make it or do not like to run?  Sign up to be a Virtual Runner for $25!

Questions or want to get involved?  Contact Lara Klover at 816.785.4097. 

Conversation with CASA

Conversation with CASALearn more about our agency at our next Conversation with CASA. This one-hour program includes information on CASA's mission and history, local child abuse statistics, the role of volunteers and a story from an active CASA advocate.

The next Conversation is:
Thursday, April 12
Noon to 1:00 p.m.

This event is free and refreshments will                                                                               be provided.

If you are interested in joining a training class, we encourage you to attend this Conversation so that you will be well-equipped for the class.  RSVP to Alli Zuel or call 913.715.4033.
For CASA Volunteers 

Fostering Futures Sessions
Monday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
CASA Training Room

Through Fostering Futures, CASA volunteers gain a solid base of knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of older foster youth. Topics include: “Possible Selves Model,” laws that impact advocacy, adolescent development, principles for engaging older youth, transitioning out of the child welfare system, and identifying resources for independent living skill development.

Please RSVP to Abby Banden at 913.715.4043 by Monday, April 2nd. 

Volunteer In-Service - Kansas Guardianship Program
Thursday, April 12, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
CASA Training Room 

Come expand your knowledge about adult guardianships in Kansas with Laura Dickinson of the Kansas Guardianship Program. Adult guardianships are an attempt by the state to provide a way to help and protect a person when that person is incapable of self-care or of acting in his/her own best interest. Many of these persons have severe medical, developmental, or mental health issues.  

Participation in this workshop earns 1 hour in-service credit towards the annual 4 hour requirement for 2018.

Please RSVP to Gayle Hathorne at 913.715.4032 no later than April 10th.

Volunteer In-Service - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Program
Monday, April 16, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
CASA Training Room

Dr. Pam Shaw, MD, FAAP will provide a volunteer in-service on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at the CASA office.  Dr. Shaw is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Sciences and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  The in-service will cover a basic overview of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, including statistics, symptoms, and conditions at birth.  Dr. Shaw will also speak on challenges that these babies face, and therapies and approaches that are helpful for these children.

Participation will earn 1 hour of in-service credit towards the 4 hour annual requirement for 2018.

Please RSVP to Gayle Hathorne at 913.715.4032 no later than Friday, April 13th at 12:00 noon.   Coffee, Conversation and Camaraderie
coffee and conversation 3Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

CASA Training Room 

Join us monthly for an opportunity to share stories, brainstorm, and find solutions to the problems challenging you as a CASA volunteer. You will earn 1.5 in-service credits. 

The next Coffee Shop Topic: How to Bring Closure When a Case Ends

Facilitated by: Debbie Siler

Please RSVP to Gayle Hathorne at 913.715.4032 no later than April 23rd.

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