Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Stoneleigh Foundation Junior Fellow Arley Styer and the Education Law Center in Philadelphia confirm the need for Educational Decision Makers like CASA volunteers for children in group home and residential placements. Styler’s extensive research revealed that many children in these settings did not receive appropriate instruction at the facilities’ on-site schools or in local public schools.MORE INFO
Monday, July 29th, 2013
CASA’s Volunteer Book Club had a spirited discussion about how times have changed in the world of foster care at its most recent meeting, July 17. Hostess Tama Gorelick and discussion leader Jennifer Greenman hosted six additional CASA volunteers and Program Director Leigh Anne Mertz. This month’s book, Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge, is a sharp contrast to our last book, Three Little Words, by Ashley Rhoads-Courter. Both authors wrote about their experiences in the foster care system, Andrew in the 1970s and Ashley in the 1990s.MORE INFO
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
CASA is pleased to announce the beginning of a partnership with the national nonprofit organization A Home Within.
A Home Within promotes the emotional health of foster children and youth and those who care for them by creating and supporting lasting, caring relationships. Direct services, professional training, public awareness and advocacy efforts focus solely on enhancing the emotional well being of the foster care community. A Home Within is the only organization of its kind in this country.MORE INFO
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Shannon has been in foster care for almost 4 years. She has four younger brothers, one also remains in foster care and the others live with a relative. At age 18, Shannon made the decision to remain in the foster care system because there are services and supports available to foster children who are over 18 but who are engaged in higher education or job training programs. Shannon graduates from high school this month and is a high achiever there. She was accepted at a small, well respected liberal arts college in New England where many of her classmates and friends have gone.MORE INFO
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
CASA welcomes Tamara Wilson as our newest case supervisor. Tamara comes to CASA with over 8 years of experience as a case manager at the Chester County Department of Children Youth and Families. She has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from DeSales University and is a 2009 graduate of the Widener University Law School. Send a greeting to Tamara by posting a comment on this blog—help us give Tamara a hearty welcome to Delaware County!MORE INFO
Friday, June 7th, 2013
CASA thanks Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) for its $300 donation to support advocacy on behalf of abused and neglected children in Delaware County. BACA has supported CASA for over 15 years. BACA works to increase awareness of child abuse and to provide support to children and families impacted by abuse.MORE INFO
Monday, May 20th, 2013
CASA volunteers already donate over 9,000 hours of their time to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Delaware County. Now they have started a book club so that they can spend more time learning about foster care system and the children who are living in foster care or under court supervision. On May 7, 13 CASA volunteers gathered at the home of Jennifer Greenman to discuss their views after reading the book “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. Volunteer Mary Landers led the spirited discussion.MORE INFO
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Believe it or not! CASA friends who have worked on or attended our annual Gala know that preparations must begin long before the event itself. The Gala is our major fund raising event of the year and provides about 30% of the funds needed to provide our services. This year, our fund raising goal is $125,000, an increase of $19,000 over last year. This year is more important than ever because CASA is striving to increase services this year from 179 children served in 2012 to 200 to be served in 2013 and beyond.MORE INFO
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
CASA is proud to be a partner in the Delaware County observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 4, 2013, Delaware County Council passed a resolution designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Delaware County. On April 18, 2013 a press conference will be held at 2PM at the J. Lewis Crozer Library at 620 Engle Street, Chester, Pa. The event, Delaware County’s Stand for Children, will be attended by Delaware County Council member John McBlain, District Attorney Jack Whelan and Children and Youth Services Director, Deirdre Gordon.MORE INFO
Friday, April 5th, 2013
April 1 begins our CASA fundraising challenge. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by October 1, 2013 so that we can continue to advocate for 25 abused and neglected Delaware County children. Last year, CASA received a one time grant to support services to an additional 25 children. Our grant ends on September 30, 2013. You can help to keep our advocacy for these 25 children in place! Just click here.
Any amount will help us reach our goal.