Advocates for Higher Education

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An advocate is defined as one who pleads on someone else’s behalf. This appeal or petition for another can be in many forms. There are macro-level advocates, such as those who advocate for large scale reform, and micro-level advocates, such as those who speak up for individuals. Court Appointed Special Advocates primarily focus on the…

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Back to School with CASA

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With a new school year, the possibilities and opportunities are endless. Unfortunately, for some students, the challenges may also feel endless. That is why CASA volunteers encourage the children we serve to share their feelings about the new school year. We want to process the challenges together. Since educators are vital to a child’s development,…

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Who Can Make a Difference?

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Building new relationships can feel intimidating. This is especially true for children and teens who have experienced trauma. Youth hurt or abandoned by loved ones may be scared to trust again. Teens jaded by ongoing let-downs may expect the worse and not pursue new friendships. Children not given the opportunity to form healthy attachments to…

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CASA’s Call to Action: Support Families

As friends and neighbors, we should work to build support systems around families.

In August, the Richmond Times Dispatch published the editorial below, written as a call to action for our community as children start returning to school this fall. Together, we can serve families, support our schools, and stop child abuse. Across our community, parents and caregivers are struggling to balance the stress of daily life alongside…

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CASA Library: Resilience Movie List

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Not everyone loves to read… so we wanted to end our summer library recommendations with a video library. See a full list of movie recommendations from Greater Richmond SCAN‘s Resilience Week resources. One of the major benefits of watching a film is that you can actively watch it with others. As you watch, it’s an…

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CASA Library: What Happened To You?

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Our team at Henrico CASA loves to read… and so do our amazing volunteer advocates! Our volunteers read MANY books as part of their continuing education. They often take the time to tell us about their favorites and how they connect to our work as child advocates. Below is a “book report” from Richard Davis,…

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CASA Library: What I Carry

CASA staff holding What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

Our team at Henrico CASA loves to read… and there’s no better time to read than the summer! In upcoming weeks we’ll be highlighting some of our recent favorites in the hopes that you will enjoy the themes and connections to our work as child advocates. Synopsis What I Carry by Jennifer Longo is a…

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CASA Library: The Vanishing Half

CASA staff holding The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Our team at Henrico CASA loves to read… and there’s no better time to read than the summer! In upcoming weeks we’ll be highlighting some of our recent favorites in the hopes that you will enjoy the themes and connections to our work as child advocates. Synopsis The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical.…

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CASA Pick: Yellow Wife

CASA staff holding Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Our team at Henrico CASA loves to read… and there’s no better time to read than the summer! In upcoming weeks we’ll be highlighting some of our recent favorites in the hopes that you will enjoy the themes and connections to our work as child advocates. Synopsis Yellow Wife begins on a plantation in Charles…

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CASA Library: The Language of Flowers

CASA staff holding The Lanaguage of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Our team at Henrico CASA loves to read… and there’s no better time to read than the summer! In upcoming weeks we’ll be highlighting some of our recent favorites in the hopes that you will enjoy the themes and connections to our work as child advocates. Synopsis The Victorian language of flowers was used to…

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