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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Fostering Resilience

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When we know better, we do better. So after Henrico CASA volunteers participate in pre-service training, they grow knowledge and skills through ongoing continuing education opportunities. This month, we watched the Resilience documentary together. The film explains the biology of stress and the science of hope. It’s message is highly relevant to our work as…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Act

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Ending child abuse globally feels like a daunting goal. That doesn’t mean there’s no where to start! As Court Appointed Special Advocates, we can stop abuse and neglect for at least one child. We do for one what we wish we could do for all.  Even if you aren’t able to volunteer as an advocate,…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Prevention

Henrico CASA will be a necessary part of the community as long as even one child is experiencing abuse or neglect.

Prevention means stopping something before it happens. Unfortunately, Court Appointed Special Advocates are only appointed to a child’s case after an allegation of abuse or neglect is made. While we aren’t able to protect a child before they are referred to us, we can intervene quickly to prevent continued abuse and neglect. Henrico CASA will…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Facts

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In our work at CASA, we have learned that child abuse and neglect are a pattern of behavior, sometimes not overtly intentional. Child abuse and neglect are many times symptoms of a family in crisis. Families Forward VA shares similar observations when they say, “There are no monsters. Abusive parents can be your friends, your…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Watch List

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If you’re looking for a frivolous watch list, this post isn’t for you! However, if you are looking to dive into real issues by following real stories, be sure to add these three titles to your spring watch list. Afterall, sometimes complex subjects like child abuse and neglect are easier to digest when explored through…

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CASA Case: Luke and Katy’s Story

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Many things can define us, if we let them. The tie-breaking goal at a championship game may characterize you as a star athlete. Your father’s career choice designates you as a ‘pastor’s kid.’ Your winning chili recipe establishes you as a ‘master chef.’ Often times, it’s the more negative experiences that seem to define us…

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CASA Call to Action: Prioritize Children

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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

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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 Volunteers Give Children a Voice

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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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