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Special Features & Profiles

Cover Story: Promoting Safety in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

Z. Ruby White Starr, Assistant Director of the Family Violence Department at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, writes in depth about the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse. Includes links to web-based resources.

2010 National CASA Annual Conference Recap

Boy cowers in corner while father yells

Voices & Viewpoints

Volunteer Voice

Glenda Pearson, a volunteer with Children’s Voice: CASA, Inc. in Douglasville, GA, explains the difference she makes in the lives of children and their parents.

Michael Piraino From the CEO

Michael Piraino reflects on the first decade of the new century and envisions a new era of brighter futures for youth exiting foster care.

Partner Perspective

Lonna Davis of the Family Violence Prevention Fund dramatizes the signs to watch out for when working with mothers involved in the child welfare system.

Youth Editorial

Michael Schwietert describes his experience in foster care, encouraging us to "keep moving" and pursue our dreams as he has.

Parent Perspective

Sharwline Nicholson describes how having her children removed after a domestic violence attack led her to become an activist.

Glenda A. Hatchett Closing Words

National CASA spokesperson Judge Glenda A. Hatchett talks about the value of story in an excerpt from her keynote address at our 2010 conference.

Regular Features

Top Tips for Volunteers

Elizabeth Whitney Barnes of the Permanency Planning for Children Department of NCJFCJ describes 7 ways to support children exposed to domestic violence.

Association News

Children in care take a stand in San Francisco and Atlanta; Forging a new frontier of volunteer advocacy for children in Alaska

Book Club

Children's books are on the agenda. The Robbie Rabbit series helps young children understand foster care. Murphy's Three Homes reflects the emotional experience of children moving from home to home.

Child Welfare News

Child welfare organizations nationwide report on the latest research, publications and news of interest to volunteers and other concerned adults.

Program Spotlight

Board President Marianne Clauw of Washtenaw County CASA in Ann Arbor, MI, shows how a board volunteer transformed the program's website in just three months.

Field Notes

CASA programs around the US report their news, including events, awards and other success stories.

Connection Sightings

Pima County CASA volunteer Robyn Kessler checks in from Laos. Executive Director Rhonda Stubbs of A Child's Place CASA in Wellsburg, WV, sends greetings from Hong Kong.

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