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June 2017

In this issue of CASA/GAL News:

Standards & Quality Assurance Redesign Update

As announced in the April CASA/GAL Newsletter, the plan for National CASA to update its standards and quality assurance (QA) process is underway. We met with the National CASA Leadership Councils (State, Rural, Suburban, Urban and Tribal) to draft guiding documents on: the role of a state organization, the role of a local program, and a highly effective program. These documents will be shared with the network for input and used to develop new standards.

Network-wide input will be sought throughout all project phases and on all documents before the standards are ultimately implemented in early 2018. When you see the Standards & QA Update icon in future newsletter stories, it is updating you on, or requesting feedback for, the standards and QA redesign. Read more.

Six Month OJJDP Reporting Opens July 3

The National CASA Association’s six-month report for January 1 to June 30, 2017, will be available beginning July 3, 2017. This report is required by the National CASA Association's largest funder, the US Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This office provides the primary source of funding for pass-through grants to CASA/GAL programs, our national training curriculum, marketing and awareness resources, quality assurance, and technical assistance to the network. This report is due on July 25, 2017. Read more.

Lily Meets Her CASA Volunteer

 

Joy Thompson, Program Director for CASA of Mesa County in Grand Junction, Colorado, wanted to help her volunteers connect with the children they served, especially when they first met with them and tried to explain what a CASA volunteer is and does.

She searched for a children’s book that the volunteers could use, but when she couldn’t find one already published, she decided to write one herself: Lily Meets Her CASA Volunteer. Read more.

National CASA Teams Up with the Toy Industry Foundation to Bring the Gift of Play to Children in Foster Care

Tens of thousands of children in foster care throughout Southern California and across 10 states will receive the gift of play thanks to nearly 300 local toy industry volunteers who rolled up their sleeves last week at the annual “Play Your Part LA” event hosted by National CASA in partnership with the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF).

Nearly 50 toy companies participated in the event, through either a toy donation, sponsorship, or volunteer effort — including Bandai, Educational Insights, JAKKS Pacific, Mattel, Nickelodeon, and Spin Master. Industry-wide volunteers sorted toys and wrote comforting letters of support at “inspiration stations.” These toys and letters were placed in special care packages that are being shipped to 50 National CASA programs. In total, more than 50,000 toys were donated in order to make this event possible, thanks to TIF’s Toy Bank donors, comprised of generous manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. Read more.

Walmart and Lowe’s Community Grants Opportunities

The Walmart State Giving Program and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation are both accepting grants through mid-August.

The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States for programs that give individuals access to a better life. For their final funding cycle of the year, requests are accepted from organizations nationwide for programs that focus on the unmet needs of underserved, low-income populations. Grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. Applications will be accepted from August 7 through August 11. Learn more at Walmart Foundation State Giving Program.

The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Community Partners grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects related to issues such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Applications will be accepted from July 3 to August 25. Learn more at Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation: Community Partners.

Schneider-Muñoz Receives Association for Child & Youth Care Practice President’s Award

National CASA Association’s own Dr. Andrew Schneider-Muñoz, National Performance Measurement Officer, was recognized at last week’s Association for Child & Youth Care Practice (ACYCP) annual meeting with its President’s Award. The award is one of the top awards in the field of youth development. Dr. Schneider-Muñoz was recognized for “global leadership with trust and integrity for care.”

“Together we are in a historical moment in responding to the needs of vulnerable children with high-quality advocacy. With performance measures at National CASA we are setting the bar high for outcomes. We appreciate the partnership and join with ACYCP as a national leader in setting competencies for best practices and evidence-based advances,” said Dr. Schneider-Muñoz.

ACYCP's mission is to engage practitioners in building the child and youth care profession. They build collaborative partnerships, promote innovative training and education, shape public policy, and inform developmental practice through research and scholarship.

Please join us in congratulating Andy!

Potential Speakers for 2018 National CASA/GAL Conference

Planning is underway for next year’s National CASA/GAL Conference scheduled to take place March 10–13 at the Sheraton Boston. Several of our past keynote presenters have been spotted by members of our network while attending other conferences. If you have recently seen a speaker that you think would be a good fit for the National CASA/GAL Conference, please email your suggestion to Jim Gallisdorfer, Network Marketing and National Conference Officer.

Maintain Your Contact Information

Keeping your contact information current is necessary for us to provide you with the best service. We want to ensure that you receive the latest news, volunteer leads captured on casaforchildren.org, and more. Please take a few minutes to ensure we have the current contact information on record for your program. To do so, visit the state and local landing page on casaforchildren.org, log in, and click on Manage Your Program's Profile to review and update the contact information.

If you have any questions, please contact Erica Owens, Director of Member Services and Administration, at 800.628.3233, ext. 215.


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