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April 2017

Reminder!  

Please use the new Monthly Report Form.
http://www.9thcasa.org/monthly-report.html

This form is designed to help us track placement of the children we serve.  We rely on you to keep us up-to-date on placement information.  You often are one of the first people to know a child has been moved.  We need this information to report outcomes to many of our funders.  
Thank you for your help and for all you do!

Sincerely,
  Sandra Bradley



April Calendar 

 8 ~  Red Shoe Party
14 ~ CASA office closed
 21 ~ Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

 
April is volunteer appreciation month, so we would like to take a moment to say
THANK YOU
for all that you do!
Red Shoe Party    April 8, 2017

Our annual fundraising gala,
the CASA Red Shoe Party,
will be held at 6:30pm on April 8
at the McPherson Museum
1111 East Kansas, McPerhson, Ks

The Bradbury Company has sponsored a table for our volunteers.  

If you would like to reserve a seat at this table, please RSVP to the CASA office 
(316) 284-6909
April 16 ~ Happy Birthday to Roger Schrock
April 27 ~ Happy Birthday to Marlene Faul
April 27 ~ Happy Birthday to Sheralyn Goering
A letter from the Kansas CASA Association

Thank you for your service to CASA and the incredible work you do on behalf of the abused and neglected children you serve.  As an advocate for these children, the Kansas CASA Association (KCA) realizes you may have strong feelings regarding political issues, legislation and the potential effects on Kansas’ most vulnerable children.
 
The KCA has an active Legislative Committee that acts as your eyes and ears to the Kansas Legislature.  The Committee is comprised of local Program Directors, the KCA board members, and the KCA state director.  The Committee is also the vehicle for CASA positions to be communicated on certain bills and issues related to the legislative session, and is the liaison between the KCA lobbyist, John Federico, and local programs.  The Legislative Committee ensures that the KCA is aware of all legislative issues pertaining to the work we do and those we serve, provides written or oral testimony regarding bills, and strives to increase awareness of CASA among legislators.

CASA staff, board members and volunteers who are solicited to, or who desire to make statements on political or legislative matters relating to their CASA experiences shall contact their local program director, who will help engage them in the legislative process in collaboration with the Legislative Committee.  Local Program Directors should be informed if members of the media request statements.  Please refer to your local program’s media policy or other pertinent policies in addition to these guidelines.
 
Periodically during legislative sessions, the Committee may place a call to action among CASA supporters, asking for input or action on particular bills of interest.  By nature, CASA members are strong advocates and the Committee is confident that our collective voice can be heard loudly when needed to educate legislators or the public on the impact of proposed legislation.  We hope that you will join us when the time comes!
 
The Legislative Committee welcomes staff, board members, and volunteers wishing to become involved in or who are interested in learning more about CASA’s legislative activity to contact their local Program Director as the liaison to the Committee.
 
As always, Kansas CASA and its member programs appreciate all the work you do in supporting the mission of CASA in seeking safe, permanent and loving homes for abused and neglected children.  Thank you for your part in our mission.
 
Cordially,
The Kansas CASA Legislative Committee
Match Day
9th CASA raised $3115 for endowment and MCCF matched it with $1,026.67
We also received $200 in prize money for the

GRAND TOTAL of $4341.67! 
All of which was raised in one day
Thank you for all who made this possible!
 
Book of the Month 

 

Legal Ethics in Child Welfare Cases is composited by Jennifer L Renne, with support from the American Bar Association (ABA).  Jennifer Renne wrote this book with a background as a child advocate, child welfare experience, and a teacher of professional responsibility.

While the audience of this book is those who focus on the legal facets of child welfare, special consideration is made in each chapter for the relevance and role of child advocates.  
Moreover, Renne intentionally sought to focus on the unique struggles of child welfare cases; struggles that are notoriously untouched in a pertinent way in ethics courses.  

The chapters cover a wide variety of topics including: quality representation, protecting client confidences, representing a client with a diminished capacity, handling conflicts of interest, interacting with other parties, ethical issues in litigation, and special issues for Guardians ad Litem.  Each of these themes is incredibly relevant to the work you do on a daily basis as a CASA.  

It is our hope that one these chapters will be a beneficial resource on a topical question or perhaps the entire book will prove to be a rewarding read providing comprehensive insight!  

A copy of this book is available to borrow from the CASA office 
or a free pdf version is available from the ABA here:
 

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/child_law/2004_LegalEthics.authcheckdam.pdf

Happy reading!  ~Christy 

CEU Film Opportunity 
CEU Opportunity:  Helping Babies from the Bench

Helping Babies from the Bench: Using the Science of Early Childhood Development in Court
is a 20-minute program funded by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.  

You can view it by clicking the video above or by viewing the copy located in the CASA office.

"We have mountains of research that tell us how children who've been exposed to abuse or neglect for long periods of time have less exploratory behavior.  They don't learn as well.   They have more fears and they're more likely to have physical and mental illnesses as adults...abuse and neglect literally changes the brains of young children."  
                            Joy Osofsky, PhD, Lousiana State University Health Science Center
 

Follow this link for the CEU credit report form:  
http://www.9thcasa.org/volunteer-resources.html

Pinwheels for Prevention

By Michael Piraino, Former CEO of the National CASA Association




Throughout April, celebrate the lives you touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel – the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future
 

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. What our research showed, and what our experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.
 

Because we all play a role in children’s lives… Whether you are an employer enacting policies that impact the work-life balance or a neighbor who offers parents time away from stress, we all have an effect on the lives of children. The responsibility is ours to contribute to the kind of nation in which we want to live. When all children don’t have equal opportunity for healthy growth and development, we put our future as a society at risk. Every day is your call to action and an opportunity for you to recognize that we all play a role in children’s lives.


Because children are our future…Our most basic obligation is to support the healthy development of our nation’s children. The great childhoods we want for our children require a loving and supporting environment. Children who are raised in supportive and stable environments are more academically and financially successful, and great childhoods help children grow into productive, contributing adults who help their community, and our country, be prosperous and competitive in the global economy.


Because the costs are too high…When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community and economic development. Unfortunately, children are sometimes exposed to extreme and sustained stress like child abuse and neglect, which can undermine a child’s development. Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates that implementing effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect can save taxpayers $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education and the justice system.

 

The Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign provides a unique opportunity for all of us, individuals and organizations alike, to take action by learning more about prevention, supporting child and family friendly policies and services, and volunteering at the local, state, and national levels.

Volunteer with your local Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter…

A cause is only as strong as the people who support it. There are many ways you can show your support by volunteering your time and talent as an individual or organization to further ensure that child abuse prevention is prioritized right from the start.

Your local Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter needs your help! Check out our chapter map to find the contact information for the chapter in your state and contact them to determine what volunteer opportunities exist in your community.

Simple every-day actions make a difference…

There are also simple things you can do every day to make a difference. Whether it’s volunteering at a local pre- or after-school program, babysitting for an overburdened family in your neighbor, or calling your local legislators to advocate for policies like home visiting, there are many things you can do to help promote great childhoods and the prevention of abuse and neglect! For more ideas, check out our Get Involved page here.

 
http://preventchildabuse.org/resource/pinwheels-for-prevention/

     'CASA volunteer receives incredible
thank you note'

Recently a CASA volunteer named Jim sent us the thank you note he had recently received from the young man he's been advocating for. The subject of his email line read "Why I chose CASA." 

In his email, Jim wrote, "This is what makes it all worthwhile. He gave me this when I saw him first thing on Saturday. He always asks me if it is true I do not get paid. I tell him every time...I want to help change lives and maybe I can help change his. I tell him my reward is that he is successful and finishes school and stays out of trouble...that is all I will ever need!"

http://www.casatravis.org/blog/post/volunteer-receives-an-incredible-thank-you-note

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