National CASA Podcast
Podcast of National CASA
info_outline Partners for Permanency 08/28/2014
Partners for Permanency The National CASA Association and the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges (NCJFCJ) have an extensive collaborative history in working towards permanency and well-being for children. Sworn in as President of NCJFCJ in July of 2014, and an active supporter of CASA, Judge Peggy H. Walker talks about this relationship and shares her expertise on working with infants and toddlers, brain science and judicial leadership involving abused and neglected children.
info_outline Working Towards Cultural Competency 12/05/2013
Working Towards Cultural Competency LaDonna Wattley, founder of Wattley Training Institute and former Volunteer Director with Child Advocates, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN, has used her vast experiences in the child welfare, adoption and educational fields to develop in-depth trainings for others working in those fields, especially around working with families of color. Listen to Ms. Wattley discuss cultural competency and other important things to consider when working with children and families.
info_outline Technology and Advocacy 10/28/2013
Technology and Advocacy Sharon Nelson and John Simek have been busy as the President and Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a successful digital forensics, information technology and information security company. Their schedules just got even busier as Sharon was elected President of the Virginia State Bar. When they were looking for a rewarding, hands-on way to help others, they found a natural fit with Fairfax CASA in Fairfax, VA. Listen to Sharon and John share their experiences as CASA volunteers, learn tips on working with the legal system and keeping things confidential using online technology tools, and hear their thoughts on using Skype as a tool to meet with CASA youth.
info_outline I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 4 08/23/2013
I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 4 To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, members of the National CASA Facebook community have shared their dreams for future generations of children. Listen to the final week of a four part audio collage recorded by National CASA staff, featuring the voices of Marleisha Cox, YWCA GirlsFirst intern, and Ellis, son of National CASA staff member Jill Wiedenhoft.
info_outline Reflecting on a Career of Service to Children 08/23/2013
Reflecting on a Career of Service to Children In this podcast, National CASA chief program officer, Sally Erny reflects on her experience and inspiration throughout her career. Listen to Sally talk about her 27 years of service to CASA and her vision for National CASA. National CASA is celebrating 35 years of volunteer advocacy; Sally is one of the 35 Faces that is making the life better for abused and neglected children.
info_outline I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 3 08/16/2013
I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 3 To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, members of the National CASA Facebook community have shared their dreams for future generations of children. Listen to week three of a four part audio collage series recorded by National CASA Staff.
info_outline I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 2 08/08/2013
I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 2 To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, members of the National CASA Facebook community have shared their dreams for future generations of children. Listen to week two of a four part audio collage series recorded by National CASA Staff.
info_outline I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 1 08/01/2013
I Have a Dream - audio collage series week 1 To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, members of the National CASA Facebook community have shared their dreams for future generations of children. Listen to week one of a four part audio collage series recorded by National CASA Staff.
info_outline Increasing LGBT Cultural Competency 06/21/2013
Increasing LGBT Cultural Competency The Human Rights Campaign Foundation initiatve All Children - All Families helps child welfare organizations improve their recruitment and retention of volunteers and resource families in the LGBT community and works to enhance the LGBT cultural competency within the child welfare system. Tracy Flynn, consultant with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, talks more about this opportunity.
info_outline Improving Outcomes for Older Youth 05/11/2013
Improving Outcomes for Older Youth Older youth often age out of the foster care system without the tools and resources needed to successfully transition to adulthood. CASA and GAL volunteers that have been trained with the National CASA Fostering Futures curriculum are more aware of the needs of older youth and are better able to work alongside them to realize better outcomes. In this podcast, four staff members from the Essex County CASA program in Newark, NJ discuss their experiences implementing Fostering Futures and how they are tracking and documenting outcomes.
info_outline Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children One Dog at a Time 02/15/2013
Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children One Dog at a Time Since 2003 specially trained facility dogs have been assisting children and other individuals with physical, psychological or emotional trauma in the court system. In this podcast, Ellen O'Neill-Stephens and Celeste Walsen from the Courthouse Dogs Foundation talk about how this program got started and provide their legal and clinical expertise on how dogs are changing the way emotional needs are being met in the courts, especially with child victims.
info_outline Understanding the National CASA Standards and Quality Assurance Process 12/03/2012
Understanding the National CASA Standards and Quality Assurance Process This podcast takes a closer look at the most recent revision of the National CASA Standards for Local CASA/GAL Programs. Listen to Shelley Morgan, Sybil Turner and Melissa Protzek discuss the importance of the standards and quality assurance process and talk about some of the reasons behind the most recent revisions.
info_outline Teaming Up to Change Children’s Lives 11/21/2012
Teaming Up to Change Children’s Lives Glenn and Sherri Eckhardt were named the 2012 Florida GAL Volunteers of the Year. Hear how this husband and wife team has also partnered with other GAL volunteers to more effectively serve on complex cases and form lifelong bonds while ensuring that the basic needs of children in foster care are met.
info_outline Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare 11/02/2012
Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare Judge Louis A. Trosch Jr. of the 26th Judicial District in Mecklenburg County, NC, has done extensive work both personally and professionally to address issues of racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Hear Judge Trosch talk about the work he has done and offer ways to address these issues in your own community.
info_outline A Judge's Perspective 09/27/2012
A Judge's Perspective In the Fall 2012 issue of the Connection magazine, Judge Joyce Williams Warren of Little Rock, AR, shared her advice to CASA volunteers on working with their judge. In this interview, hear Judge Warren talk about why CASA volunteers are so important, as well as provide insight in working with both younger and older children in the court system.
info_outline Training Confident and Effective Volunteers 09/13/2012
Training Confident and Effective Volunteers Learn how the Flex Learning curriculum can help develop more confident and effective volunteers. In this podcast, program coordinator, Amia Barrows describes this blended learning approach and talks about her experience implementing this new volunteer training in her community.
info_outline Providing Hope, Offering Insight 05/24/2012
Providing Hope, Offering Insight After spending her childhood in an abusive home and several years in the foster care system, Stephanie Holt finds strength through her work as a CASA volunteer. In this podcast hear Stephanie share her story as she offers hope to foster youth and provides insight for all CASA volunteers.
info_outline Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth 03/02/2012
Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth In this podcast, hear how Educational Advocacy Coordinator Jeff Perry is working to improve the educational outcomes for youth in the San Francisco CASA program and how CASA volunteers can be better advocates for the CASA youth they serve.
info_outline 2012 National CASA Conference 02/18/2012
2012 National CASA Conference In this podcast Dawn Rego, conference and events manager and Anthony Petrarca, training director talk about some of the workshops and events lined up for the 2012 National CASA Conference being held in Washington D.C. June 9-12.
info_outline The Peer Coordinator Model - Program Experience 02/07/2012
The Peer Coordinator Model - Program Experience In this second installment of podcasts on The Peer Coordinator Model we talk with program staff to hear their experiences on transitioning to this model. Megan Shultz from CASA of Lane County in Springfield, OR offers insight into the process including lessons learned and tips that she hopes will be helpful to other CASA programs considering this model.
info_outline The Peer Coordinator Model - Program Experience 02/07/2012
The Peer Coordinator Model - Program Experience In this second installment of podcasts on The Peer Coordinator Model we talk with program staff to hear their experiences on transitioning to this model. Laurie Laughlin from Maricopa County CASA in Phoenix, AZ discusses the challenges she has experienced and the success that she has seen, especially with volunteer retention.
info_outline Peer Coordinator Model 01/09/2012
Peer Coordinator Model National CASA is working to find ways to provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one. In this podcast Michael Heaton, western regional program officer, talks about how CASA programs can maximize their resources, serve more kids and build stronger relationships with their volunteers using a peer-coordinator model.
info_outline Speaking Up for Autism 05/12/2011
Speaking Up for Autism This interview is a follow up to the podcast "Autism Spectrum Disorder." It is the story of a volunteer from Coweta CASA, Inc. in Newnan, GA, who advocated for a child diagnosed with autism. You will hear what resources she used and recommendations she made in order to ensure the best possible outcome for the child she served.
info_outline A Question of Balance 04/26/2011
A Question of Balance The latest edition of "A Question of Balance" is a must-have for every person in our CASA/GAL network, if not for every person who works in child welfare. The book brings together all the pieces of the puzzle we work in and focuses in on what is truly important when decisions are being made. In this podcast Janet Ward, National CASA regional program officer and author of "A Question of Balance", talks about the latest edition of this book.
info_outline Making a Lasting Difference 04/12/2011
Making a Lasting Difference In this podcast, foster care alumna Lauren Mueller describes how her relationship with her CASA volunteer advocate, Stephanie, changed the way she looked at herself and, ultimately, gave her the motivation and confidence to pursue her goals and dreams. This audio presentation is from the closing session of the 2011 National CASA conference in Chicago, IL.
info_outline Autism Spectrum Disorder 02/11/2011
Autism Spectrum Disorder Stacy Shook, a board certified behavior analyst and the director of Northwest Behavioral Associates in Seattle, WA, discusses autism spectrum disorder, how it may be treated, and possible services for children and their caregivers.