Esther’s CASA Story

Esther Snead has been volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for seventeen years. She finds purpose in this role, knowing she is making a difference in a child’s life in both the present and the future. She has also found a greater sense of community. Esther’s calming demeanor and humility are a few of…

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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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CASA Library: What I Carry

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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 Case: Ava and Malik’s Story

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CASA works to strengthen families. However, sometimes it isn’t safe for a child to remain with their family. This is a heartbreaking situation, because a child needs the connection and cultural identity that is most often provided by family. The instability that follows leaving one’s family can be detrimental to a child’s well-being. As a…

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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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Support Foster Families

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Foster parents and their families make a significant commitment to help children who need a home. Their home will undoubtedly experience some upheaval. Afterall, they are walking with a child during a very challenging time. They open their doors to trauma and hurt, hopeful that the stability and security they offer makes a difference. And…

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Foster Care Awareness Resources

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May is National Foster Care Month. What better time to raise awareness of the fact that there are more than 400,000 young people currently in foster care in the United States. No matter where you are in your journey of understanding the foster care system, these resources compiled by Texas CASA will speak to you.…

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CASA and Foster Care

CASA and Foster Care

This opinion piece below, originally posted in the Times Opinion’s Holiday Giving Guide 2021, is a reminder that the foster care system, like all systems, is imperfect. In baring the system’s pitfalls, it highlights the need for CASA and reminds us of the vital role we play within the child welfare system. The New York…

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CASA Volunteers Show Unconditional Love

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There is nothing more amazing and wonderful to witness than people opening their hearts to help a child, loving and caring for that child unconditionally. There are many individuals in the child welfare system that give their heart and soul to helping children that have been abused and neglected. Sometimes, however, we encounter a special…

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