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Special Features & Profiles

Cover Story: Foster Care Adoption

Rita L. Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and former CASA Program Director of the Year, writes in depth about foster care adoption. The Kaehler family of Morgantown, WV, share their inspirational story. Includes links to web-based adoption resources.

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Cover Story Photo of Family

Voices & Viewpoints

Frank McCoy Volunteer Voice

Frank McCoy, volunteer with CASA Kane County in Geneva, IL, speaks movingly about young Ryan. With Frank’s help, the boy comes out of his shell, makes the honor roll and is ultimately adopted by his foster mother.

Hon. Ernestine Gray From the President

Hon. Ernestine Gray reflects on last November’s celebration of Adoption Day in her New Orleans juvenile courtroom.

Ben Wilkins Partner Perspective

Ben Wilkins of Dallas CASA writes about how foster-adopt homes bridge the gap between removal and reunification, leading to faster permanency when parental rights must be terminated.

Natasha Santos Youth Editorial

FosterClub All-Star Natasha Santos describes keeping difficult secrets. She eventually learns to trust adults again and is adopted by a loving family.

Valarie De La Garza Above and Beyond

Hispanic/Latino CASA volunteers reach out to recruit others. Profiles and tips provided by Valarie De La Garza. Article available in Spanish.

Glenda A. Hatchett Closing Words

National CASA spokesperson Judge Glenda A. Hatchett outlines her new Parent Power Now! Initiative, inspiring adults to help 1,000,000 children post their dreams.

Regular Features

Top Tips for Volunteers

Hon. Michael Nash of the Los Angeles Superior Court and 2006 National CASA Judge of the Year describes five ways to promote adoption.

Association News

Omega Delta Phi Fraternity brings energy to CASA programs across US; results of the 2009 Connection reader survey

Trends in Advocacy

CASA program directors Cindy Booth of Indianapolis and Greg Millette of Tifton, GA, describe opposing trends in the numbers of local children in care.

Book Club

Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendation of Eleven Former Foster Kids by Waln K. Brown and John R. Seita

Child Welfare News

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

Program Spotlight

Siobhan Greene, executive director of CASA of Monterey County in Salinas, CA, outlines her innovative volunteer recruitment campaign, “30 Advocates in 30 Days.”

Field Notes

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

Connection Sightings

Volunteer Betsey Soulsby of Piedmont CASA in Charlottesville, VA, visited her daughter doing volunteer work in Nepal.

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