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The Connection Magazine

Fall 2009: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Care

Connection Cover Fall 09The challenges and risks faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in care can be summarized in three broad categories: intolerance, lack of safety and barriers to permanency. What are CASA programs and other youth-serving agencies doing to support this population? What resources can CASA volunteers turn to when working with gay youth? 

Read the cover story.

Top Tips for Volunteers by LaRae Oberloh
12 Tips for Advocating for LGBTQ Youth

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Voices & Viewpoints

Frankye Hull Volunteer of Year

Volunteer Voice by Frankye C. Hull

Being a guardian ad litem volunteer is a lot like being a detective. You have to be nosy. To help a child find a safe home, you’ve got to really want to know what’s going on....

Michael Piraino CEO

From the CEO by Michael S. Piraino
Journeys of Respect and Purpose

Web Extra: Books, resources and organizations mentioned in the CEO’s editorial

Flor Burmudez Lambda Legal

Partner Perspective by Flor Bermudez of Lambda Legal
Helping Courts Serve the Best Interests of LGBTQ Youth

LGBTQ youth in foster care,already coping with shattering family problems and displacement, bear the often overwhelming added burden of hostility toward their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Tobias Rogan

Youth Editorial by Tobias Rogan
Being Happy

When my family disowned me for being gay, I was completely side-struck. I felt I was alone. I believed that I was the only gay kid around. I now am openly gay and happy with life. But it wasn’t easy getting to this point.

Judge Hatchett

Closing Words from Judge Hatchett
How Are the Children in These Challenging Times?

We are in a desperate situation in the current economy. Parents who would normally be able to cope can find the additional burdens of poverty unbearable.

Regular Features

Association News
Jewelers Support CASA Programs; Volunteer Featured in AARP The Magazine; Hollywood NOTE Foundation Award; Office Depot Backpack Donation

Above and Beyond
New Mexico CASA Volunteers Leverage Community Connections

Featured Supporter: Kappa Alpha Theta

Web Extra: Santa Barbara Thetas Make Holidays Bright for Kids

Book Club
Closing Time: A Memoir

Child Welfare News

Program Spotlight by Traci E. Mears
Rural Program Launches Successful Fundraising Plan

Field Notes

Connection Sightings

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