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Working with Children

National CASA offers the following information and resources to help inform advocates' work with children.

Publications and Trainings- National CASA

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

Conference Presentations


  • 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
  • Sparkaction
    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.




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