Raising Awareness for Vulnerable Children

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CASA Call to Action: Prioritize Children

By Kristin Blalock | February 20, 2022

We have all heard the phrase “children are our future.” It’s true… but children must be our present in order to become our future. We must prioritize their well-being now – their health, safety, and education – in order to ensure they have a future. Not just any future, but a future beyond surviving where…

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CASA Case: Tyler’s Story

By Kristin Blalock | February 17, 2022

The number of children requiring advocacy in our area is growing substantially. Did you know that: Approximately 75,000 children live in Henrico County 3,529 children were reported to Child Protective Services in 2021 During this period, 385 were appointed a Court Appointed Special Advocate 88 new children were referred to CASA over the most recent…

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CASA Call to Action: Race Matters

By Kristin Blalock | February 10, 2022

Race matters. That is why at Henrico CASA we believe our volunteers, staff, and leadership should reflect the diversity of the population that we serve. We strive for all of our partners to feel safe and comfortable as people, and within their roles at our organization. It’s why we explore topics like equity, inclusion, and…

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CASA Call to Action: Volunteer Your Voice

By Kristin Blalock | February 4, 2022

Our team at Henrico CASA often uses the phrase “a child’s voice.” We recognize that all children have a voice and it’s our responsibility to ensure it is heard. We stand up and speak up for children, acting as their voice in court. And we encourage our volunteers by reminding them that by using their…

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CASA’s New Strategic Plan Helps Children and Families Navigate Change

By Jeannine Panzera | January 25, 2022

Our team at Henrico CASA is emerging from a few months of chaos. Last November, our office embarked on exciting renovations and upgrades to include building two new offices, installing sleek flooring, and getting a fresh coat of paint. While there was excitement around the upgrades, we also knew there would be significant disruption to…

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CASA Volunteers Give Children a Voice

By Kristin Blalock | January 23, 2022

As humans, we all have a voice but we may not feel empowered to use it, especially in a way that influences. To fully “have a voice” you must embrace your thoughts and experiences in order to communicate them effectively. Your words hold weight. Your point of view is important and plays a role in…

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My Vision for Henrico CASA

By Betsy Beach | January 14, 2022

It’s funny how events in your life can make your vision clearer or more obscured.  I was fortunate to grow up in a home where I was safe. However, before I even turned ten I realized that not everyone is that fortunate. At that time, my parents became the legal guardians of my cousins, who…

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CASA Volunteers Improve Well-Being

By Kristin Blalock | January 7, 2022

In working towards Henrico CASA’s vision that all children in Henrico County live in safe and stable homes, we are continually exploring and evaluating the concept of a child’s well-being. Well-being is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. That seems a bit subjective. So how do we measure it? The Annie…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Volunteer with Henrico CASA

By Kristin Blalock | January 1, 2022

It’s that time of year, yet again, when many of us pause to consider New Year’s Resolutions. Some of us set specific goals, big and small. Others pick a theme word to focus on for the year. And a few of us skip the process all together knowing follow-through wanes! Can we reframe the resolution…

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CASA Volunteers Help Children AND Their Families

By Kristin Blalock | December 21, 2021

You know CASA for helping children – and that’s what we do, wholeheartedly. We work for the best interest of every child appointed to us. While serving children, we are also often serving their families… because a child who is abused and/or neglected represents an entire family that is in crisis. The families we see…