Yearly Archives: 2020

16 Mar

Now What? Resources for Caregivers During School Closures

Now what? Schools are closed and we’re directed to practice social distancing. For caregivers, that means we’re all of a sudden surrounded by bored, confused, hungry kids. If you’re overwhelmed, don’t feel bad. We all are! Here are some resources to help: School District 2 Breakfast & Lunch for Children School District 2 is providing grab-and-go curbside pickup meals for children ages 0-18. Breakfast will be available from 7:45 to 8:30 and lunch is available from 11:00 to 12:30 at these sites: Castle Rock Middle...

11 Feb

Why I Advocate

For years, I carried around a greeting card. I don’t remember where it came from, but it was one of those cards that is blank inside and has a motivational quote on the front. This one was more of a story than a quote, and it went like this: A man was walking along the beach during low tide. There were hundreds of fish washed ashore, stuck on the sand. He walked by another man who was picking up fish, one...

05 Feb

How to…Advocate for Teens

The blog team here at CASA of Yellowstone County is excited to introduce a series of “how to” blogs. In addition to the insightful blogs you’ve come to expect, we will be sprinkling in entries specific to some of the more challenging aspects of our work. To kick off the series, we’ll be discussing how to advocate for teens. According to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), thousands of kids age out of the foster care system (turn 18 while...

06 Jan

A Day in the Life of a CASA

Let me preface the following blog with:      I do not live in Billings. Many times I purposely schedule multiple visits, errands, meetings, etc. in one day.      I do not have a set schedule. My husband and I are small corporation owners, so I am in charge of my work day.  Some days are more flexible than others. There are always many options for scheduling my CASA duties.        Court Appointed Special Advocates come from many facets of...

02 Jan

CASA and Civic Action

  Abstrakt Xxcellence Studios I recently received a jury summons. My first response was gratitude that I’d have the opportunity to participate in our society’s judicial process. As a program coordinator at CASA of Yellowstone County, my second response was mild chagrin to learn that the chosen day was already chock full of appointments with Court Appointed Special Advocates and coworkers. My third response was the hope that said CASAs would understand that this was out of my control and the frantic...