Tag Archives: advocate

  1. CASA Volunteers Make a Difference

    Tania “In my service as a CASA, I have learned to persevere and take challenges head-on,” Tania said. “As much as I have learned what my case child is capable of, I have also learned what I am capable of.” Tania Jabour, a Humanities instructor at High Tech High, became a CASA volunteer when she…

  2. Why Halloween can be Overwhelming for Foster Kids

    I think most of the American public has seen It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, right? It’s a Halloween tradition in our house. This cartoon features a boy named Linus, who is convinced that a fictional entity called The Great Pumpkin is going to show up in the middle of a pumpkin patch and shower…

  3. Our Kids. Our Cases. Meet Tyler.

    The following story is true; though names and specific details have been altered in order protect the privacy of our children. Every day in Marion County more than 10 children are victims of abuse and neglect. These are their stories. Tyler (9 years old) was in the living room playing video games alone. Tyler’s father,…

  4. Volunteer – It’s Good for Your Health!

    Volunteer – It’s Good for Your Health! When it comes to volunteering, it is true what they say: “What goes around comes around.”  It looks like the positive actions of volunteerism, comes back to the volunteer in the form of improved emotional and physical health as well as longevity. In fact, if done for the right…

  5. 8 Ways to Help Foster Children in School

     School. For so many children, it is a place of learning, of laughter, and a place to make friends and form relationships. Not so for children in foster care. It is a very difficult place, where academic failure and behavior problems are the norm.   For your child from foster care to truly have a…

  6. Meet CASA Volunteer, Sue Kobets

    When Sue Kobets became a CASA volunteer in 2010, she says she’d had her fill of board positions and wanted to find a volunteer opportunity that would allow her to directly serve children. Although she worked full time and was a busy mom raising a large family, she decided she could take on one CA…

  7. Superhero Run – Race Details

    2017 Superhero Run – Saturday June 24th at Fort Harrison State Park. WE ARE INSIDE THE PARK THIS YEAR – NEW COURSE! Please DO NOT drive into the park. Parking address and information is included below. It’s here! It’s here! We’re ready – you’re ready ….now let us give you the details: Online registration will…

  8. Gaining Ground by Letting Go

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Many of us were taught that a key to success is tenacity. But 18-year-old-Savanna says that her secret to moving forward was giving up. Savanna assumed the role of a parent at a very early age. Her mother—consumed by her addiction to alcohol and drugs—was seldom…

  9. From Victim to Victorious

    Six years ago, Dashun Jackson was a boy in need of a voice. After years of abuse at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, he had many physical and emotional scars, including what he describes as an inability to talk with men. Today, Dashun is not only confidently representing himself—as a junior in…

  10. Josh Kelchner CASA Success Story: Focused on Family

    Josh Kelchner did everything he could to keep his family together. But it almost wasn’t enough. The oldest of four children, Josh and his younger siblings first came to the attention of Tennessee child protective services when he was 14 years old. Suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, their mother had been neglecting the children…

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