Monthly Archives: September 2018

28 Sep

Birthdays, Facebook & CASA

Did you know that you can help raise money for CASA of Yellowstone County – through Facebook? via CNN Money If you have a Facebook account with your date of birth listed, Facebook will send you a notification as your birthday approaches giving you the option to dedicate your special day to raising funds for a nonprofit organization of your choice. When you receive this notification, you can select CASA of Yellowstone County as the recipient, and your Facebook friends will have the option to donate to...

26 Sep

A Recommendation for the Advocate’s Bookshelf

  Image courtesy of J. Mack Effective advocacy work requires CASAs to take cultural competency seriously. Our training manual cautions, “What you do not understand may lead to inaccurate interpretations.” One way we can appreciate an unfamiliar culture is through the medium of good storytelling. A talented author can use words to paint a cultural experience that can memorably enlighten the reader’s heart and mind. There There: A Novel, by Tommy Orange, is an example of informative and impactful storytelling. There There shines...

19 Sep

Family Engagement Meeting Tips & Tricks

One of the tools used by Department social workers as they strive to keep families whole is the family engagement meeting, or FEM.  An FEM is a unique opportunity to bring together the adults in the child’s life, and sometimes even the child once the child is old enough, to hash through the issues before them. An FEM is one of the “firsts” that a CASA’s peer coordinator or program coordinator will attend with you.  But if it’s been a while...

04 Sep

An Open Letter to My CASA Kiddos

quotefancy.com   Dearest Kiddos, The day I received my case appointment papers was the day you were officially mine.  You were my responsibility.  I agreed to give you a voice; a sense of belonging; a sufficient, safe home; a constant presence until you received permanency.  I did not realize at that time what I would glean from you.  You have become one of my greatest blessings. As I look back on the years that we navigated the legal system together, I acknowledge that I...