October Newsletter 2016
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The Advocate 

October 2016

Don't miss the CHAIRishing CASA Kids event! October
22nd, 6-8 at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton. 
Special performance by The cast of Newton High School's fall musical, Sister Act. 

See the event flyer and share it with anyone that you think would be interested.
October Calendar: 
10th- Harvey County In-Service
10th- Columbus day *the office will be closed except for In-Service from 12-1, someone will let you into the building at that time. 
19th- CRB
22nd- CHAIRishing CASA Kids event
24th- McPherson County In-Service 
October Birthdays: 
11th- Nancy Billings
13th- Ashley Park

Book of the Month 

In New York City back in April of 1874, a most unusual event took place. A severely abused nine-year-old girl named Mary Ellen Wilson became the first child in America to be rescued from an abusive home. She had been beaten, burned, slashed with scissors, locked in a closet, and had never been outside of her tenement home in over 7 years. Thanks to the concern and dedication of a missionary named Etta Wheeler, the child was finally saved from her cruel captors. Henry Bergh's ASPCA -- yes, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- was instrumental in securing her rescue. When no other agencies would become involved, the ASPCA used its power and influence to not only save Mary Ellen, but to charter the first organization of its kind to prevent cruelty to children, the NYSPCC -- the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. This book remains the ONLY book that tells the dramatic story of Mary Ellen's life and rescue.
Thoughts from the Outreach Coordinator
I have been working for CASA: A Voice for Children, Inc. for about 2 and a half years now and I have been planning to write something for the newsletter since shortly after starting. Being an introvert by nature, and a social worker by training, I tend to think and process a great deal before taking action and speaking.  I decided it is time to write. I am writing to share with you some of my thoughts about CASA Volunteers. They are special people.  Since coming to work for CASA, the volunteers I’ve worked with have renewed my energy and lifted my spirit as I see the impact they have on children in foster care and the impact those children have on the volunteer's life.  I think more people should be given the opportunity to know a child in foster care.
 I would like to have a CASA Volunteer training next spring with at least 10 new volunteers.  To accomplish that I would like all of you to introduce me to special people you know so they can become special people I know and give them the opportunity to become CASA Volunteers. It would be a great blessing to me, to them and to 15-20 children in foster care that they would be appointed to advocate for.
 I look forward to hearing from you. I am available for coffee and conversation almost any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.
Bill Reynolds
Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Law
* This article serves as a reminder to all volunteers of our Crime Victims Compensation Procedures. 

The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Law was passed to provide victims of crime with compensation for loss of earnings and out-of-pocket medical expenses as a direct result of the incident. In the event of the death of the victim, funeral, burial or cremation expenses are reimbursable. Victims may also be eligible for crime scene clean-up.
As CASA volunteer you may serve a child who is eligible for compensation under this statute.  It is your responsibility to be familiar with the Kansas Victims’ Bill of Rights and the procedure to ensure an application is completed.  It is not the role of a CASA volunteer to complete the application but to refer the information to the appropriate people.  In most cases this is the case manager.  Please review the Crime Victims Compensation Procedures for CASA: A Voice for Children.  For further information on the subject you can follow this link to the information brochure on the Kansas Attorney General ‘s website.

Facebook Game 

There will be a question related to the newsletter posted to the CASA Facebook page, anyone who answers that question by the end of the day on Friday will be entered into a drawing for a $5 gift card & another CASA themed prize. Good luck! 
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