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CASA Advocacy Can Change Everything.
Too many children in the child welfare system are losing hope These children have been abused and neglected, and now wait in a horribly outstretched foster care system; a system that is in crisis. More than 1,260 children in Johnson and Wyandotte Couties are living in foster care, up 13% from only a year ago. Shuffled from home to home, separated from siblings, frequent change of schools, lost friendships, few possessions, and no voice, these children need your help. The solution is simple and it begins with a single committed adult, a CASA volunteer.
CASA volunteers make a difference for children, one-on-one, by advocating for a clear path out of the system and into a safe, permanent home. A simple resolve with a very significant result.
Join our efforts and change the lives of abused children today. Your gift will change everything. Make your donation today!
Congratulations Work of Heart Honorees!
On October 25th, CASA of Johnson &
Wyandotte Counties recognized seven exceptional volunteers at our Work of Heart dinner. CASA appreciates all of the many hours our volunteers give to our CASA family. Twice a year the CASA training room is transformed into a cozy cafe where Friends of CASA provides and serves a delicious dinner. Each CASA coordinator presents their honoree with a certificate of appreciation and a small gift. Judge Kathleen Sloan shared a few words of appreciation for our volunteers also.
Thank you to ALL our volunteers for your heartfelt dedication and commitment to our CASA children. We appreciate you!
CASA Receives Grant to Address Mental Health
CASA is pleased to partner with the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City as a recipient of an Applicant Defined Grant from the Foundation. CASA has been awarded $68,580 to support our Child Advocacy program, with a special focus on addressing the mental health needs of the children we serve and to support our transition-age youth improve knowledge of health literacy and skills related to accessing healthcare. The grant will help CASA provide advocacy services to approximately 450-480 children and youth, working to connect traumatized youth with treatment services to benefit their physical and emotional health and wellness.
Congratulations CASA Graduates!
Congratulations to our newest CASA volunteer graduates! We wish each of you good luck as you begin your journey to advocate on behalf of the children who have been abused and neglected. If you are interested in joining our January training class (which includes online sessions), contact Nina Kimbrough at 913.715.4042. Classes are forming now!
Front Row Seated: Beth Taylor, Wendy Patrick, Erin Risner, Bonnie Swade
Standing Back Row: Laura Pace, Katlin Mackey, Susan Newman, Amy Green,Tricia Dickerson, Heather Webster, John Foitle, and Margie Burton
Not Pictured: Liz Thomas
Fostering Futures Training
Tuesday, Dec 5th
and Thursday, Dec 7th
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CASA Training Room
Come join us for the final session of Fostering Futures for the year. Through Fostering Futures, CASA volunteers gain a solid base of knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of older foster youth. Topics include the "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.
Contact Abby Banden at 913.715.4043 if you have questions or would like to participate in the upcoming session.
2018 Promise of Hope Luncheon
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Overland Park Ritz Charles
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.; early networking at 11:30
We could use your help for the Event Planning Committee. Monthly meetings begin soon and run through March. Contact Alyssa Perbeck at 913.715.4035 if you are interested and able to help.
Sign Up With Amazon Smile to Benefit CASA!
Before you start your Holiday shopping make sure to sign up for Amazon Smile and support CASA while shopping online. CASA has partnered with Amazon.com to receive a portion of the revenues from every purchase made by our community partners. All you need to do is go to smile.amazon.com and sign up with CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. Anytime you make an Amazon purchase, just go through smile.amazon.com and CASA will receive the donation automatically. What a great way to support CASA and help bring a smile to an abused and neglected child.
Conversation with CASA
Learn 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, January 11th,
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 Nina Kimbrough or call 913.715.4042.
For CASA Volunteers
Volunteer In-Service - Growing Up Trans
Screening & Discussion
Thursday, November 30th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
CASA Training Room
Transgender youth often face rejection and bias in their homes, schools and communities. Therefore, these youth are at a higher risk than their peers for depression, suicide, substance abuse, physical and sexual victimization, and homelessness. They are also overrepresented in foster care.
Come and expand your knowledge about transgender issues with a screening of Growing Up Trans followed by discussion and resources provided by CASA volunteer, Cathy Matlack.
Transgender issues impact youth of all ages so all CASA volunteers are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Gayle Hathorne at 913.715.4032 if you plan to attend.
Coffee, Conversation and Camaraderie
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 meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, December 20th from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Topic: CINC Timeline Review
Facilitated by: Kathy Rankin
Please RSVP to Gayle Hathorne at 913.715.4032 by Monday, December 18th if you plan to attend.