Tag Archives: volunteers

  1. What We’re Thankful for in 2018

    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie. There are a lot of reasons why it’s…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Educational Advocacy – Tips to Help Advocate for Foster Kids in School

    August usually means two things to a child – summer is almost over and the first day of school is right around the corner. For the children we serve at Child Advocates, school can be a huge challenge. Consistency isn’t always a given. Often our kids are starting new schools and possibly moving to new…

  5. Summer in Foster Care

    Finally, the end of the school year, it’s summertime! Childhood summers prompt memories of the beach, heading off to summer camp and playing outside with friends until dinner. Summer days should be for making lifelong, cherished memories. When you live in foster care, however, just because the school year ends, does not mean that your…

  6. Our children. Our cases. Meet Korrie.

    Korrie is 6 years old. She just started second grade and her teacher notices Korrie can’t write her name and is struggling academically. Korrie often comes to school in dirty clothes and appears to be malnourished. DCS (Department of Child Services) Intake Unit received a report about Korrie and her condition. A DCS case manager…

  7. Meet Sophie

    Sophie was removed from her home just after starting preschool. Her teachers noticed she was not learning as quickly as her classmates, and would most likely need extra help to be kindergarten ready. She is now living with her grandparents. She turns five next week. A  CASA volunteer stepped up to advocate for Sophie. With…

  8. Meet Jayne Thorne, CASA Volunteer and Activist

    Jayne has always had a passion for children. She first heard about Child Advocates when she attended an Undoing Racism Speaker Series. Later she said, “I kept seeing ads about Child Advocates and what they were doing.” That combined with Jayne’s passion for race studies, race relations and diversity drew her to being a CASA…

  9. CASA Reward: Seeing a Child Reach Their Fullest Potential

    CASA Reward: Seeing a Child Reach Their Fullest Potential Jacky is one of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children’s most tenured advocates – fighting for children’s rights for over eight years. She loves being a CASA. She loves that being a CASA allows her to use her knowledge as a school guidance counselor, but it also…

  10. Early Childhood Trauma

    In a 60 Minutes segment, which aired Sunday, March 11, Oprah Winfrey explored the long-term adverse effects of early childhood trauma with a leading authority in field of early childhood development.  Dr. Bruce Perry, psychiatrist and neuroscientist, discussed the complex issues and the technique of Trauma Informed Care to treat the maltreated and traumatized child….