Working with Children
National CASA offers the following information and resources to help inform advocates' work with children.
Publications and Trainings- National CASA
- Webinar (September 2012) Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities: The Safe Babies Court Team Project
Lucy Hudson, director of the Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Teams Project, provides an overview of this Zero to Three initiative, which has engaged several CASA/GAL programs across the country. Download a PDF of the webinar (1.5 MB PDF).
- March 2012 Judges' Page Newsletter: Young Children Involved in the Dependency Court
In 2010, one half of the children entering foster care were under five years old. For this issue of The Judges’ Page, Lucy Hudson, director of the Safe Babies Court Teams Project at ZERO TO THREE, took the lead on collecting 18 articles on the topic of young children involved in the dependency system. Authored by judges, professors, psychologists, parents and others, articles in this issue provide a wealth of information and perspectives on creating permanency, safety and well-being for this most vulnerable population.
National CASA Training Videos:
View sample interactions between a volunteer and a child. Each Flash file contains two versions of the same video. In the first version you’ll be able to observe and take your own notes about strategies you see the volunteer using. In the second version, you’ll be able to compare the notes you took with notes taken by an experienced CASA/GAL volunteer supervisor.
National CASA Podcasts:
- Attachment Theory in Children I: Part one of a discussion of early childhood development with Danielle Kassow, research and development associate with Thrive by Five.
- Attachment Theory in Children II: Part two of a discussion of early childhood development with Danielle Kassow, research and development associate with Thrive by Five.
- Dually Involved Youth: Cynthia Chauvin, program director with Jefferson County CASA in Harvey, LA, talks about working with youth involved in both the foster care and juvenile court systems. Listen using the audio player below.
Publications - Other Organizations
- Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Preventing child abuse through research, education and shared learning.
- Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- Child Abuse Prevention Network
This site is for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect and provides unique and powerful tools for all workers
- Child Development Institute
This site provides information on child development, child psychology, parenting, learning, etc.
- Committee for Children
A nonprofit working globally to prevent bullying, violence and child abuse. The organization specializes in teaching children social and emotional skills.
- LD Online
An interactive learning disabilities resource guide.
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Educating Children in Foster Care"
This informative policy article looks at challenges and services in educating children in foster care.
- Report Suspected Child Abuse
Prevent Child Abuse America
- Sidran Foundation
A national nonprofit organization devoted to education, advocacy and research related to the early recognition and treatment of trauma-related stress in children
This site is a one-stop shop for news and tools to make a difference in the lives of children and youth.
- Zero to Three
A national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.