Raising Awareness for Vulnerable Children

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Building Relationships as a CASA Volunteer

By Kristin Blalock | October 4, 2021

Talking about thoughts and feelings is intimidating, even with a trusted adult. So when building a relationship with a child, it’s important to let them set the pace. You can prompt conversation through an activity, but stay attuned to the child’s comfort level with the conversation. They should lead the way.  The Three Houses Tool,…

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Students and Stress

By Kristin Blalock | September 24, 2021

Many of today’s students across elementary, middle and high schools, have reasons to feel stressed. There’s the school work, itself, with the pressure to get good grades. But they don’t have jitters about only their performance in the classroom. Social aspects of school like looking right, fitting in, and maintaining friendships are high stressors. Students…

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CASA Promotes Homes that are Safe for Play

By Kristin Blalock | September 20, 2021

We’ve been blogging about education this month, but that doesn’t limit us to exploring only school-related issues. Learning begins at birth, long before a child’s first day of Kindergarten. Early childhood education, defined as the period from birth to age five, is vitally important for child development. And child development is linked to future outcomes…

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CASA Connects with Children at School

By Kristin Blalock | September 13, 2021

Students require a sense of security to do their best at school. After all, it’s impossible to concentrate when you’re consumed by fear and anxiety. Pressing needs, like hunger or pain, can outweigh learning objectives.    Most children are safe at school. Their primary needs are met. They have adult supervision. Security measures are in place.…

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School is a Lifeline

By Kristin Blalock | September 1, 2021

The back-to-school season invokes a sense of new beginnings. This year, there is renewed excitement because so many students are returning to in-person classes. Some look forward to reconnecting with friends. Many hope this school year brings a sense of normalcy. And yet, others seek relief.  After all, school is a lifeline for kids living…