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The Advocate 

February 2017

February Calendar 

15 - CRB
20 - Presidents Day (Office Closed)
27 - In-Service Training
       (Harvey County Court House)
We Need Your Help!
We are starting another training class on March 16th for new CASA and CRB  volunteers. Please tell anyone you know that may be interested in becoming a CASA or CRB Volunteer! You can contact the CASA office for more information at 316-284-6913!!

NOTE FROM BILL!
After giving it much thought, we have decided to schedule only one in-service a month for 2017. These in-service opportunities will generally be on the third Monday of the month from 12-1 at the court house in Harvey County. The challenges of getting quality presenters for two in-services in two locations outweigh the benefits at the current time.

I am in the process of lining up presenters and finalizing topics for training so if you have particular issues or areas you would like included, please let me know.

Due to President's Day the February In-Service will be on February 28th!

TOPIC:  Program Updates
 
Remember required continuing education hours to maintain certification:
CASA’s need 12 hours & CRB needs 4 hours
MATCH DAY
March 1, 2017
On March 1st, make a donation to McPherson  County Community Foundation  on behalf of CASA.  You donation will go towards the CASA Endowment Fund AND will be matched based on the percentage of money earned that day.  The matched funds will go towards general funds for immediate use.  To participate in this great opportunity you can make a cash or check donation onsite (206 S Main, McPherson, KS) from 7am - 5 pm or online from 7am to 11:59 pm, Wednesday March 1, 2017. For you donation to qualify for matched funds, it must be received on March 1st.  Checks must be made payable to McPherson County Community Foundation with MATCH DAY noted in the memo line. If you plan to give for the spring annual appeal, please take advantage of this opportunity.  It will financially benefit us now and help us plan for the future.

Book of the Month 

Three More Word: In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with a family she’s created, and her efforts to make peace with her past.  The first half of the book answers many questions readers often have from the first book.  The second half brings Ashley’s life and purpose full-circle.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nearly a decade of her life in fourteen different foster homes. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and after becoming a Guardian ad Litem (or CASA) volunteer, she and her husband begin their journey as foster parents, caring for more than 20 children. The latter part of Three More Words details the chilling situations that bring foster children into their care, and explains the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments.  Ashley also shares the miraculous joy of becoming a biological and adoptive mother.

Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls for her to run for state Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message.

CEU Opportunity 

Documentary following six students over the course of a school year as a new trauma-sensitive program is implemented and witness the ups and downs of their lives. It is based and explains the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study and how the results are being used to design programs to enhance the lives of these students.

This film is can be rented on for $4.99 or $7.99 to purchase on itunes and Amazon . CASA will add this documentary to their library.  Details will follow.

Follow this link for the CEU credit report form: http://www.9thcasa.org/volunteer-resources.html
Child Interviews
One of the most important things a CASA volunteer does is to interview and gather information from the children they are assigned to.  In order to determine what is in the best interest of the child, a CASA volunteer must know what what the child thinks, feels and wants.  Sometimes asking the right questions can be tricky.  Here are a few resources to assist in this process.
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