We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:
Jenny (a Court Appointed Special Advocate) refused to let a child on her case settle for mediocrity.
Shyanne, a former foster child, shares how her CASA, Carol, made a difference in her life.
Read about one CASA's impact on the foster children they served and their foster family.
Boy it is hot outside! We thought it would be helpful to provide useful information about keeping children safe and cool during this scorching season. Here are a few helpful pointers:
June 23 is “National Let it Go Day”.
May is National Foster Care Month and is celebrated in order to recognize that we as a community can play a part in improving the lives of children and youth in foster care. At CASA, we advocate for children involved in the foster care system.
Child abuse is a serious issue that can have a lasting impact on the victim.
Last Saturday Night our Executive Director, Jamie Campbell, had the surprise of her life when she went back into the CASA office to retrieve the phone she left on her desk Friday.
In honor of World Poetry Day, CASA For Kids is hosting a poetry contest for children and teens.
January kicks off the New Year with new hopes and dreams, new opportunities, new challenges, and new doors to be opened…. and as Milton Berle once said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!”
Jeannie Penner, a local CASA advocate shares what she is thankful for this season.
It was the dead of winter six years ago on the streets of Spokane.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence negatively affects every community, as well as people of all ages and genders. CASA advocates speak for children in foster care and many of these children have experienced domestic violence - but you don’t need to be a CASA to help victims of domestic violence.
The Struggle is Real is a series devoted to telling the stories of those who fight the good fight against child abuse and neglect in Flathead County. Hear the second part of Jennifer's story!
Given the newest movie craze, Wonder Woman, is at the tip of everyone’s tongue, and the fact that CASA is committed to celebrating every day superheroes, it seems only appropriate to dive into a conversation about Superheroes. The specific focus of my blog series is the psychology of superheroes.
The Struggle is Real is a series devoted to telling the stories of those who fight the good fight against child abuse and neglect in Flathead County.
Do you love super heroes? Join us for a fun afternoon at Flathead Lake Lodge on July 30th from 12:00 to 4:00.
Check out this great video of one of our advocates! Chelsea Sellers shares what it means to be a CASA.
The beginning of summer brings golf for many people. CASA for Kids will be holding its 4th Annual Golf Scramble on Friday, June 16th!
Flathead has so much to offer it’s not hard to amuse yourself. And yet, many parents are gearing up for those dreaded words, “I’m bored…..”
"I entered care with 3 siblings, the younger 2 were adopted and I exited care with one. Saying ‘I love you’ when you haven’t seen someone for long time, especially when you don’t say ‘I love you’ to anyone, is difficult.”
“Excuse me.” A quiet, raspy voice comes from behind me. I look up from my coffee and the computer I am furiously typing away on to see an elderly woman with short messy hair and worn-out clothes. The air around her is slow and heavy, but her presence is gentle; her expression inquisitive.
You can only care for others to the extent that you care for yourself. Sometimes it feels selfish to take time for yourself. In reality, you must take time for yourself to rejuvenate your ability to empathize and care for those you love.
This is a special shout out to foster parents everywhere. Your work is not easy, but so critical in the lives of the children you take in to you hearts and homes.
It is an enormous role of responsibility, often frustrating, but in the end highly satisfying.
Why I give. I know that not all children are as lucky as I am. Some children are born into a cycle of abuse. Some children are born to parents with addictions. Some children live in a world that is not safe.
Cole eventually found a happy ending thanks to his CASA and social worker!
Learn how to make a difference during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
National CASA Conference is March 10th-March 14th
CASA 101 training starts in April, applications due beginning of March.
CASA 101 training starts in April, apply now!
Have you ever thought about becoming a CASA? Come to our info meeting Feb. 13th!
It's easier than you think!
Wyatt's story has a happy ending because of his CASA advocate.