Monthly Archives: July 2022

28 Jul

The CASA Model: Past, Present…and Future?

[Author’s Note: This blog post was adapted from a paper submitted for a course on juvenile justice at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.] The roots of the CASA model date back to 1974 with the passage of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, in which Congress mandated that children in dependency proceedings—i.e., those initiated in response to the abuse or neglect of a child—must be provided with an attorney or trained volunteer...

19 Jul

The Struggle Is Real

July 2022 marks my fifth anniversary of working with CASA of Yellowstone County.  While that’s nowhere near the dedication of some of our advocates who have been serving kids since before I even heard of CASA (I’m looking at you, 10-year CASA veterans!), it is truly an honor to support advocates who volunteer their time, energy, and heart to serve the kids in our community who need them most. Jess Bailey That being said, five years of any endeavor will include peaks...

08 Jul

What I Wish You Could Have Heard: My Take Aways from the National CASA Conference 2022

In June, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the National CASA Conference, in Seattle, WA. It was invigorating to be around so many people from across the nation that all had the same mission; being the Voice of Children. Two of the sessions I attended were of note and I wanted to share what I heard and wish all advocates, and those that support advocacy could have heard. The first session was From the Bench; a panel of...