The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community — including the children we serve, our volunteers, and our staff — has been of great concern to us at Voices for Children. All CASAs received an email from our President & CEO, Kelly Douglas, on March 12 with details on how to best conduct your role as a CASA during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your advocacy supervisor. For the latest information, advice, and resources for advocating for case youth remotely while complying with stay-at-home restrictions related to COVID-19, please visit our Remote Advocacy Guide.
Reminders and Deadlines for CASAs
Remote Advocacy Guide
For the latest information, advice, and resources for advocating for case youth remotely while complying with stay-at-home restrictions related to COVID-19, please click here.
August Volunteer Hours
To submit your August volunteer hours, please click here. When submitting your hours, remember to include hours spent driving to and from visits, meetings, and other CASA-related destinations. Thank you.
VFC Office Closures
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the physical VFC office will be closed indefinitely but staff will be available remotely. We will be observing the following holidays.
Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day)
Due to COVID-19 precautions, all scheduled Small Group and Continuing Education sessions will be conducted remotely until further notice.
Open Topic Small Group
Wednesday, September 9
Please join us for a Small Group meeting to discuss your case with peers and an advocacy supervisor via Zoom. To participate, please RSVP to Advocacy Supervisor Allen Fox at AllenF@speakupnow.org by Monday, September 7.
Juvenile Justice Open Topic Small Group
Thursday, September 10
Please join us via Zoom to discuss your case with peers. Although discussion will consist of juvenile justice-related topics, all CASAs are welcome to join and participate. To participate, please RSVP to Juvenile Justice Advocacy Supervisor Giselle Acosta at GiselleA@speakupnow.org.
Appropriate Boundaries and Healthy Attachments
Wednesday, September 16
In this Continuing Education Zoom session, Senior Advocacy Liaison Kelsey Shalkowski will share tips and guidance on setting appropriate boundaries and healthy attachments with your case children. To attend, please RSVP to Kelsey Shalkowski at KelseyS@speakupnow.org.
Education Small Group
Wednesday, September 30
Please join us for a Small Group meeting to discuss any educational issues or concerns you have with your peers and two advocacy supervisors via Zoom. To participate, please RSVP to Advocacy Supervisor Shanda Arredondo at ShandaA@speakupnow.org.
At-Home Continuing Education
A former CASA recommends A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team by Arshay Cooper. A member of the team, Cooper writes about how the team was formed from residents of Chicago’s West Side ghetto and how it faced challenges, including racism and gang violence. The story is also out as a documentary film. If you read this or another relevant book, or watch a relevant movie or TV show, please contact your advocacy supervisor to receive Continuing Education credit.