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Cover Story: Ensuring Equity for Children in Care

Promoting justice for all children in care requires vigilance. Disproportionate numbers of children face discrimination based on factors such as race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and disability. For many, these very aspects of their identity have predisposed them to be placed in out-of-home care in the first place. What can concerned adults do to help youth overcome the “disparate outcomes” they risk? Includes links to many resources.

Helping Hands: Meet an unexpected benefactor of our cause.

Diverse group of happy children on steps

Voices & Viewpoints

Judge Fortlage Volunteer Voice

Judy Fortlage, our 2010 Child Advocate of the Year, has volunteered with Clark County CASA in Washington for 20 years. Learn how she fights for equity for children in foster care facing disability.

Britt Banks From the President

Britt Banks, president of the National CASA Board of Trustees, took office in April. He lays out our vision for child advocacy through 2014, including ensuring equity and engaging supporters.

Carolyne Rodriguez Partner Perspective

Carolyne Rodriguez of Casey Family Programs describes efforts in Texas to reduce the disproportional entry of children of color into care. A coalition works to prevent disparate outcomes.

Chadwick Sapenter  Youth Editorial

Chadwick Sapenter discusses the power of words. He also reveals how his CASA volunteer helped him overcome the low expectations of some of the adults he encountered during his time in care.

Glenda A. Hatchett  Closing Words

National CASA spokesperson Judge Glenda Hatchett visits leading African American pastors. She learns that CASA programs can recruit volunteers via their men's ministries.

Regular Features

 Top Tips for Volunteers

Hon. Louis A. Trosch Jr. of North Carolina offers 6 tips to reduce disparity in child welfare. They involve self-awareness, training and knowledge of local resources.

Association News

Anthony Hamilton is new spokesperson; Theta Starlight Walk benefits program; CASA of Travis County’s web campaign goes nationwide; New awareness materials.

Book Club

Former CASA volunteer Lewis Richard Luchs pens Children of the Manse to honor adoptive parents.

Child Welfare News

National child welfare organizations report on latest research, publications and news of interest.

Program Spotlight

Equity-related initiatives of CASA programs throughout the US. Seven directors show how even modest efforts toward inclusion can improve justice for children.

Field Notes

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

Connection Sightings

Carol Paes of the Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program in Duplin County, NC, distributes polio inoculations to children in a remote village of India.

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