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Extending Cultural Familiarity to a Child in Need of Love and Security

Many children in foster care in our county are in desperate need of help and understanding. When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge appoints a committed volunteer to advocate for the child in court and other settings. That kind and caring person is… Read more »

CASA Needs Bilingual Volunteers


Do you have room in your heart to help a child in dire need of a safe and loving family?  You can be one of the only constant, familiar adults in a foster child’s life, and you will be his or her staunchest ally and advocate. Who are we?  CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates.  CASA… Read more »

Myths and Facts About Foster Care Adoption


There are many misconceptions among potential parents regarding adopting a child from foster care. The truth in most instances is quite different from initial views and opinions. Examining some of these misconceptions should help to alleviate questions and concerns. One of our challenges is getting this information out to a wider audience. Once you have… Read more »

Hispanic Children in the Child Welfare System Need a Sense of Community


Growing up, most of us are taught that it is polite and correct to help others, including family members, neighbors and community members in need. In the Hispanic society, family or group needs take precedence over the needs of the individual. Latinos tend to be highly group-focused. Emphasis is placed primarily on family as the… Read more »

We Can’t Prevent Child Abuse…Yet…But We Can Do Something About It


Every day in this country, 1,900 CHILDREN are victims of abuse or neglect. Four of them will die. How can you do something to help? Become a CASA Volunteer. What is a CASA? It stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocate”. What does it take to become a CASA Advocate? First and foremost, CASA volunteers need… Read more »

A Story of a Mother’s Love…


My cousin Martha died this morning. Here’s the thing. A couple of days ago, Martha’s mom—my aunt—learned that she was in the hospital in Florida. Aunt Mary Lou is 83, has always been a bit on the ditzy side, doesn’t own a credit card, hasn’t driven in years, and regularly gets lost in Walgreens. My… Read more »

Infant Attachment and Emotional Well Being


British psychologist John Bowlby, the first attachment theorist, described attachment as a “lasting psychological connectedness between human beings.” Some of the earliest behavioral theories held that attachment was simply a learned behavior based on feeding of the infant. Bowlby observed that even feedings did not diminish the anxiety children separated from their primary caregivers experienced…. Read more »

Child Abuse and the Effects on Adolescent Well Being


A 2012 Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence stated that violence, crime, abuse or psychological trauma will affect 46 million children in this country this year. Children in foster care are more likely to have been exposed to multiple forms of traumatic experiences, such as physical or sexual… Read more »

How Child Abuse Affects Academic Achievement


Unfortunately, it is a largely accepted fact that abused and neglected children are at higher risk for lower academic achievement. Additionally, studies show that children who have suffered from neglect exhibit lower academic achievement children who were physically abused. Mistreated children have a greater instance of exhibiting poor social skills and classroom behavior problems. Maltreatment… Read more »

Important Tips for Bike and Helmet Safety


Statistics report that more children ages 5 to 14 are injured and go to emergency rooms when they are biking than with any other outside activity or sport. You want your child to be as safe as he or she can be when they take to the road. At the heart of CASA is our… Read more »