Tag Archives: Children’s Rights

  1. CASA Volunteer, Advocate and Friend

    When I was little, I had a secret—one I kept to myself for years. Every time I thought about it, I got so scared I didn’t know what to do.  The first time I cried out for help, my mom said I was making it all up. There’s no way that any of her boyfriends…

  2. Advocacy, Culture, and CASA

    I have been a CASA Volunteer for only six months, but I feel like I have made a lifetime difference for two young siblings Bella age 10 and six-year-old Estevan. One morning Bella was beaten so severely with a belt that she was unable to sit down in school. Luckily her teacher took notice and…

  3. Three Kids and A CASA

      When I first became a CASA, I was scared. During training, they told us about a current case that was very challenging, and I raised my hand to volunteer for those children. But when they actually assigned it to me, I questioned whether I was worthy of that confidence. The case was a set…

  4. A Month in the Life of a CASA Volunteer

      Many potential volunteers ask us, “What all is involved with being a CASA volunteer?” and while the answer varies from case to case, the 6-10 hours per month spent as a CASA volunteer generally involve a regular set of calls and visits. Here’s an example of what a monthly schedule of a CASA volunteer…

  5. Our Focus on Philanthropy

    It’s that time a year when you’re likely getting lots of mail and emails regarding “Year End Donations” – It’s also likely you’ve recently received some of those from Child Advocates. During 2018 and beyond we’re focusing on philanthropy at Child Advocates and want to help you understand what exactly that means for the children…

  6. Volunteer Interview with Stacey Moore

    When did you become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer? I’ve been a CASA Volunteer for about 2 years. What made you decide to become a CASA Volunteer? I knew it was something I could do. I wanted to give back and I know children needed help. I thought it was time for me to get…

  7. Helping Foster Children Reach Their Fullest Potential

    Allan, a semi-retired pharmacist, read a book years ago that affected him profoundly, “Throw Away Children”, by Judge Lisa Richette. In her clarion call for reform, the author recounts many heart-wrenching cases of children who fell through the cracks of the juvenile court system – children who are left feeling unprotected, unloved and bereft of…

  8. Finding a Forever Family

    Part 1 At just 4 years and 2 months old, the odds were stacked against Diggs and Myles. CPS had removed them from their mothers care due to her drug addiction. Their father had been diagnosed with cancer and was unable to care for them. Their family was struggling. The children were placed in foster…

  9. Meet CASA Volunteer, Jim Thorne

    Jim Thorne was first introduced to Child Advocates by an Undoing Racism Speakers Series event that was hosted at his church by Child Advocates.  He knew his wife was interested in the program, so he decided to join her.  It wasn’t long after that Jim and Jayne had decided to go through the volunteer training…

  10. The Link Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

    For too long, our culture has portrayed domestic violence and child abuse as distinct and siloed issues. For those of us doing the work, the link between them is undeniable. One need not work in either field for too long to notice that the families struggling with domestic violence are often the same families struggling…