14 Apr
Monday, April 14th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

During 2012, there were 933 CASA programs across the country, serving 234,098 abused and neglected children. These programs had 77,355 volunteers who donated nearly 5.4 million hours to making a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. In that year, 27,921 new volunteers were trained to help meet the need. During this time, there were 638,000 children in foster care. These children spent a mean of 22.7 months in care.

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07 Apr
Monday, April 7th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

Thanks to our friend Robin Cohen at Boutique Wearhouse, CASA will benefit from everyone who shops at the store in Newtown Square on Thursday April 10! Robin is a huge supporter of CASA. She sponsored a similar event in 2013 and donated $1,200 to CASA from that day’s shoppers. This year, we need your shopping support even more.

In 2013, we served 184 children and had 82 CASA volunteers. In 2014, our goal is to serve 200 children. We already have a good start, serving 126 children with 76 CASA volunteers as of February 2014.

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02 Apr
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

Good news! More Delaware County children are being adopted each year! In 2009, 16.7% of the children who left foster care during the year were adopted. These children had been in foster care an average of 44.6 months. In 2013, 27.5% of the children leaving foster care were adopted. These children had been in foster care for an average of 44.5 months. The number of children adopted increased by 64.8%, but adoption was not achieved any faster for these children.

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26 Mar
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

Dennis Jackson Sr. joined  CASA's Board of Directors in 2013.  A native of Chester, Pa., Dennis is the youngest of 14 children. He recalls growing up in a close knit community where the adults all watched out for each other and for all of the children in the community. He graduated from Chester High School, where he captained the Varsity Basketball and Baseball teams. He received his BS in business administration from Mansfield University and his MS in taxation from Philadelphia University. 

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23 Mar
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

and has been in foster care since he was 6. He has no parents. They voluntarily gave up their parental rights to him years ago. Nathan has been in 7 foster homes, 4 residential facilities or group homes and experienced 2 psychiatric hospitalizations. Since Nathan has no parents to act on his behalf, Thomas Campbell, was appointed as both CASA advocate and educational decision maker.

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19 Mar
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

Thomas Campbell says that after his interview with CASA Program Director, Leigh Anne Mertz, he thought he wasn't going to get the "job", even though it was a volunteer position.  Well, not only did Thomas "get the job", he excelled from day one! Here's what you should know about Thomas.  He grew up in Philadelphia, raised by his father, grandmother and sister.  Thomas says it was his sister who pushed him to join the Marines after high school graduation.

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19 Mar
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

The answer to this question depends on the type of permanency that is achieved for the child. For example, in 2013, 54.6% of the children who left foster care during the year were reunified with their parents after remaining in care an average of 9.1 months. However, five years ago, in 2009, the results were better. In 2009, 62.1% of the children leaving foster care were reunified with their parents after remaining in care an average of 7 months.

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11 Mar
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

The Porchlight Project of the statewide child advocacy organization Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children has just issued its 2014 State of Child Welfare in Pennsylvania report. One of the major findings of this report is that “Pennsylvania’s child welfare system is serving more children today than it did five years ago, but we are relying much less on foster care placement as an intervention”. Specifically, there were 29,024 children in foster care in Pennsylvania in 2009. By 2013, this number fell to 21,416, a decrease of 26%.

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04 Mar
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

Congratulations CASA volunteers and staff! In 2013, 82 active CASA volunteers advocated for 184 children, the highest number in our history! It has truly been an historic year for CASA. We were able to add two new case supervisors and, as a result, we were able to increase the number of abused and neglected children we can serve.

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17 Jan
Friday, January 17th, 2014
Posted by casaadmin

This week marks my 10 year anniversary with CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates. It is hard for me to comprehend that it can possibly be that long since that Monday morning in January 2004 when I first walked onto the 9th floor of the Manor Building in Pittsburgh, PA and began what would become a 10 year journey of child advocacy.

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