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December 2016

In this issue of CASA/GAL News:

REGISTER - 2017 National CASA/GAL Conference

Join your colleagues at the upcoming National CASA/GAL Conference taking place March 11 - 14, 2017, in Seattle, WA. Our work together throughout the past four decades to build a network of nearly 1,000 programs supporting 77,000 trained volunteers has inspired this year's conference theme – Building Brighter Futures for America's Abused and Neglected Children.

More than 100 workshops, institutes and networking sessions are being curated for this year's conference, with input from National CASA's State, Urban, Rural, Suburban and Tribal Leadership Councils, the Annual Conference Committee, Washington state CASA office and local programs in Washington State. Session tracks have been created for CASA/GAL staff, volunteer advocates, attorneys and judges.

View the list of available sessions and their descriptions.

Register by Friday, January 6, 2017, to take advantage of early bird discounts up to $125. If you have any questions about the conference, please call Member Services at 855.691.6317 or email conference@casaforchildren.org.

HLN’s Michaela Pereira Will Speak at National CASA/GAL Conference

Growing up in the Pereira household, there was no way to get around the topic of adoption. All five of the kids in her family—all girls—are adopted. Michaela Pereira began telling her story as part of a CNN National Adoption Month piece in November 2014, as the co-host of CNN’s “New Day”. Michaela recounted her childhood as a foster child and her search to find her birth mother in 2000.

Michaela Pereira is the host of HLN’s new three-hour daily news program “Michaela.” Live from CNN’s Los Angeles bureau, the show airs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (ET) | 7-10 a.m. (PT).

For nine years, Michaela was the co-host of "KTLA Morning News," Los Angeles' number one rated morning newscast. During this time, the program won nine Emmy Awards. Read more.

Performance Measurement Webinar Recording Available

National CASA'S Performance Measurement Team hosted their second quarterly webinar on performance measurement and evaluation methods on November 15, 2016. The webinar reviewed core elements of logic model construction and why logic models are critical to successful evaluations. If you missed the webinar, watch it now.

Resources from the recent webinar, as well as past ones, may be obtained by emailing survey@casaforchildren.org.

The Performance Measurement Team will continue to host quarterly webinars on important topics related to the National CASA Performance Measurement Initiative and tools to support network implementation. Each webinar will focus on building the skill set of member programs. Watch CASA/GAL News for details on upcoming webinar topics.

If you have any questions, please contact John Trainor, Director of Performance Measurement and Evaluation.

Upcoming 2017 Surveys

The holiday season is upon us, and survey season is just around the corner!

OJJDP Six-Month Report

As a requirement of National CASA’s grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), we must complete a six-month report of the CASA/GAL network’s activities. The OJJDP Six-Month Report will be open for input from January 3 - January 27, 2017. The report will be the same as the January to June 2016 report. It is relatively short and contains questions about activities from July 1- December 31, 2016, including reporting the number of children and new children served, outcomes on cases closed, child demographics, total volunteers active, new volunteers and volunteer demographics.

National CASA Annual Local Program Survey and Annual State Organization Survey

In an effort to streamline the process of data collection and analysis of the 2016 National CASA Annual Local Program Survey and Annual State Organization Survey, both will be available for completion during the month of February 2017. These surveys are essential for our reporting, programming and communications needs and must be completed by all state and local member programs.

Completion of a six-month report and annual survey is required for all local programs and state organizations to remain in good standing.

The surveys will be similar to the 2015 surveys and cover four main areas: organization, staff, volunteers and children.

National CASA will coordinate with state organizations to better collect data. More information on how to complete the surveys will be shared in future editions of CASA/GAL News, as well as through direct emails. Thank you in advance for your cooperation so that we can understand the true scope of the CASA/GAL member network’s impact.

If you have questions, please refer to the Reporting Tools Page on the website or contact your state organization or the performance measurement team at survey@casaforchildren.org.

Local Grants Program Update

As a reminder, the deadline for submission of 2016 Local Grants Program applications is Friday, December 16, 2016, at 5 p.m. (PT).

Local programs or states directly serving abused and neglected children with volunteer advocates are eligible to apply for a Capacity-Building Grant or a Growth Grant. Both grant categories require that applicants increase the number of volunteers activated and children served as a result of the funding. Don't miss this opportunity to compete for grants awards ranging from $20,000 - $100,000 that can make a difference for children in your community who have been abused or neglected. Resources to complete your grant application are on our website.

Please direct any questions about the grants process or application submission to grantspolicy@casaforchildren.org.

If you have questions about your membership status, please contact memberservices@casaforchildren.org.

Jewelers for Children Continues its Support of National CASA

Jewelers for Children (JFC), an industry organization comprising of 3,400 jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations, has been a partner to National CASA since 2004. Throughout the past 12 years, JFC has donated $9.75 million dollars to support our mission.

Last year, 14 local CASA/GAL programs received JFC’s “Champions for Abused Children” grants. Continuing this commitment, another $500,000 in grants will be allocated to CASA/GAL programs across the country for 2017. Read more.

REMINDER – National CASA Membership Renewal Deadline 12/31

National CASA is grateful for the work you do in your state and in your community every single day. Your dedication is transforming the lives of more than 250,000 children every day, one child at a time. We look forward to continuing to serve you as a full member of the National CASA Association. To remain a full member in good standing, your 2017 membership dues must be paid by December 31, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

Invoices were mailed to members on September 30, 2016. Thank you to those who have already renewed their membership for 2017. If you have not made your payment, please make sure to do so before the December 31st deadline so that your membership does not lapse. Read more.

2015 Local Program Survey Report Available

The results from the 2015 Annual Local Program Survey are available. In 2015, the CASA/GAL network consisted of 943 local and state programs; including 43 state organizations and 900 local programs.

The findings illustrated by these survey results are critically important to tracking the growth and development among state organizations and local programs, securing funding from diverse sources, and helping National CASA to better serve state organizations and local programs. Thank you to all organizations that responded to the survey this year, and thank you in advance for your participation in the 2016 survey. The valid response rate this year for key indicator data was 94 percent. Read more.

National CASA/GAL Volunteer Curriculum Update

 

There is great anticipation around the rollout of the revised National CASA/GAL Volunteer Training Curriculum. As part of this effort, the National CASA Training Standards Workgroup is drafting recommended standards for facilitation of this training. The combined release of the revised curriculum and updated standards provides an opportunity to strengthen the quality and consistency of the training delivered throughout the network. Additional information about the release of these new tools will be shared in January.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Grant.

New Partnership Supports Best Interests of Mexican Minors or Children of Mexican Origin in Texas

Congratulations to Texas CASA and the eleven Consulates of Mexico based in Texas who signed last month a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a private ceremony in Austin, Texas.


The first of its kind, the MOU sets the collaborative framework between Texas CASA and the Consular Network of Mexico in Texas to work together in cases of Mexican minors or children of Mexican origin, who are in the care of the Texas state child protective services, and whose cases are included in the Texas CASA Collaborative Family Engagement Initiative (CFE).

The signatories to the MOU are working toward the best interest of Mexican minors or children of Mexican origin in the conservatorship process. Read more.

National CASA Holiday Schedule

The National CASA Offices will be closed Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017. Happy Holidays!

If your program has an urgent situation when the main office is closed, please email Sally Erny.


Maintain Your Contact Information

Current contact information for your program is imperative to ensure you receive the latest news from National CASA. 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.


The National CASA Association is here to support you. If you have a question, want clarification on anything written in the CASA/GAL News, or need additional information, please contact memberservices@casaforchildren.org.

 


          
                               

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