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Fall 2012

classroom imageFeature Story: Educational Advocacy

Many people in the child welfare system—including the young people who have transcended it—will tell you that the single most important factor in enabling youth to achieve success is educational achievement. How do we ensure that children in the care of the state receive the education they deserve? Read about three CASA programs' successful efforts.

lori duarte From the President: "Together We Can Do So Much"

Incoming National CASA Board of Trustees President Lori Duarte shares the reasons behind her passion for the CASA cause and plans for her tenure as board chair. Read her thoughts.

therese millerTop Tips for Volunteers: Educational Advocacy

Therese Miller has served as executive director of Advocates for Children in Columbus, IN, for 23 years. Miller offers her seven top tips for creating educational success for abused and neglected children. Read Miller's top tips.

abe o'bryanAlum Editorial: Seeing Another Side of Life

"The truth is that probably from the beginning of my life I could have had a CASA volunteer. But it wasn’t until I was 12 years old that I met my CASA volunteer. Her advocacy changed the direction of my life...." Read more from foster care alum Ambrose O'Bryan.

gerald philipsVolunteer Voice: Looking Back on 10 Years of Service

"In 10 years and 44 cases, there was never a moment that I doubted that I was giving a judge information that he needed to make the right decision for a child...."  Read more from Williamson County (TN) CASA volunteer Gerald Phillips.

judge joyce williams warrenFrom the Bench: Why I Want a CASA Volunteer for Every Child

Judge Joyce Williams Warren, 10th Division Circuit Court (AR) and 2012 National CASA Judge of the Year, shares words of admiration and wisdom for CASA volunteers. Read her thoughts and listen to a short recording of Judge Warren's advice to volunteers.

working group logoPartner Perspective: The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education

The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education works to heighten national awareness of the educational needs of children and youth in care, and promote best and promising practices and reforms across educational, child welfare and juvenile and family court systems. Read about the results of this collaboration.

The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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