Family Resources During the Coronavirus

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We understand how difficult these uncertain times surrounding the Coronavirus are on everyone. With schools now closed through the remainder of the school year, parents and caregivers are faced with homeschooling, keeping their children safe and healthy, along with managing work and other concerns. Children in foster care may experience heightened fears about their safety and well-being. Educating and equipping ourselves with knowledge, understanding, and tools will help us to remain calm and, in turn, provide the safety and security our children need most right now.

In light of this, we’ve gathered some resources covering a variety of concerns. We hope this information will provide some assistance for you and your families.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Talking with kids about COVID-19:

Family Information and Resources:

Additional Information & Resources:

Educational Resources:

 

We are all in this together. We will continue to post updates and additional resources as we have them.

Updated 4.7.2020

Important Event Schedule Information

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As we continue to work through the impact of Covid-19, the CASA program has made the following changes to our event schedule.

  • All in-person events and training through the end of April have been cancelled
  • Our spring training for new volunteers is also cancelled but we are hoping to hold our summer schedule
  • Our CASA Information Sessions will be held as an interactive webinar – more details to follow
  • Our Coffee with CASA outreach events are cancelled through April
  • We will continue to accept new volunteer applications and be in touch by phone and email.

We will continue to update our blog and Facebook page as additional information or new decision are made. 

 

CASA Information Sessions

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Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting multiple 1-hour informational webinar for interested volunteers or community members who want to learn more about the program.

Monday, April 6, at 6:00 pm – Register Here
Monday, April 27, at 6:00 pm – Register Here

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the state’s care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.  You may also visits us at https://www.facebook.com/casaclarkcounty/ or email our Volunteer Specialist at cwhite@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

The program’s vision is that volunteers from the community engage in the process to provide a unique perspective to the court about the child’s immediate needs and long-term permanency. Clark County CASA is a program of YWCA Clark County.

Meet A CASA: Tom Paulu

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Do you sometimes wonder what inspires individuals to get involved as a CASA Volunteer? We are featuring an interview with one of our volunteers each month so you can get to know them a bit, and find out why someone decides to give their time to this unique volunteer opportunity.

May we introduce you to Tom Paulu.

Tom decided to get involved as a CASA after hearing about the program. He saw how his background in newspaper reporting could be used to help children. He found that providing emotional support to foster and biological parents, while making a difference in the lives of children are the most rewarding parts of volunteering. If you have concerns about receiving adequate training, Tom’s wants you to know that the training is very good. He told us he has always been able to connect with someone to get his questions answered. When asked about his best experience as a CASA, Tom says, “My one best experience was suggesting to a social worker that a family relative would be a good placement, which I think helped get that done.”

Fun Fact:

“Several years after my “retirement,” I now work part-time tutoring in high schools.”

Clearly Tom has a passion to work with kids in need of support. Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Do you want to help change a child’s story? Becoming a CASA volunteer like Tom may be the perfect fit for you!

We invite you to join us Tuesday, March 10, at 6 PM,in the Community Room at YWCA Clark County for our next Informational Session. You are also welcome to contact our Volunteer Specialist, Katie Benzel, at kbenzel@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

 

 

 

 

Coffee With CASA at Starbucks Salmon Creek

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Are you considering becoming a CASA volunteer?
Do you have questions about what we do?

We’ll be sipping coffee at
Starbucks in Salmon Creek on 139th
Saturday, February 29th 9:00am – 12:00pm.

I hope to see you there!

Meet A CASA!

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Meet CASA Volunteer Sarah Theberge

My desire is that all children feel a strong sense of belonging and security at the youngest age possible!

What compels someone to volunteer as a CASA? We decided to highlight a volunteer a month so you can get to know a few of the many volunteers giving their time for children in our community.

Meet Sarah…

Why did you choose to volunteer your time for the CASA Program?

I chose to be a CASA volunteer because of my background in Early Learning.  I believe strongly that the foundation for secure attachments and learning begins in the early years and is influenced by parenting.  My desire is that all children feel a strong sense of belonging and security at the youngest age possible!

What do you find most rewarding about being a CASA volunteer?

The most rewarding aspect of volunteering for CASA is knowing that as an individual, I’m contributing to the bigger picture and all of these interactions done by all these volunteers strengthens our communities and the individual lives we get to work with.

How do you feel about the support the CASA Program provides to you as a volunteer?

As a volunteer of CASA, I’m never alone.  The program specialists support me in this work whenever I reach out and I believe the YWCA board supports the work being done by this branch of the organization.

What do you feel is your greatest contribution to the children you have served as a CASA volunteer?

My greatest contribution to the children I serve is my strong image of the child.  I believe children are competent and capable and can benefit from strategies designed to build their resiliency.  I find children fascinating, creative, delightful and deserving of advocacy by adults with their best interests at heart.

What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering with the CASA Program?

DO IT!  The rewards are great and you can develop a plan that fits your lifestyle and availability.  You will not regret this!

Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us Sarah!

In Case of Inclement Weather

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With winter upon us, please note that in the case of inclement weather:

YWCA will operate consistent with Clark County office closures. If the Clark County offices are closed, the YWCA Community Office will be closed and volunteer training scheduled will be canceled.

To find out the latest closure status check the radio, TV news,
or the Internet http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=642.