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.
October Volunteer Hours
To submit your October 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.
Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day)
Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
Friday, November 27 (Day after Thanksgiving)
Thursday, December 24-Friday, January 1 (Winter Break)
Due to COVID-19 precautions, all scheduled Small Group and Continuing Education sessions will be conducted remotely until further notice.
Eradicating Racism & Bias in Child Welfare
Friday, November 6 (Part 1)
Friday, November 13 (Part 2)
In this two-part online series sponsored by Child Welfare Services and Children’s Legal Services of San Diego, Dr. Jessica Pryce, an expert on race and equity in child welfare, will explore efforts and strategies toward strengthening families through a racial equity lens and family engagement, with the goal of practicing anti-racism and reducing disproportionality in foster care. To register for the series, please click here. If you attend, please contact your advocacy supervisor to receive Continuing Education credit.
Mandated Reporter of Child Abuse Training
Monday, November 9
All CASAs are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect. During this Zoom training, an HHSA representative will explain exactly what being a mandated reporter entails. This session will cover what to report, how to report, and what follow-up steps HHSA takes once a report has been submitted. To attend, please RSVP to Madison Pope at MadisonP@speakupnow.org by Thursday, November 5.
Juvenile Justice Basic Advocacy Training
Tuesday, November 10
Are you assigned to a juvenile justice or dual-status case or interested in learning more about the juvenile justice system? This live Zoom session will teach you how to navigate the juvenile justice system and how to advocate for youth on probation. Please RSVP to Juvenile Justice Advocacy Supervisor Giselle Acosta at GiselleA@speakupnow.org to receive a Zoom link to access the training. If you are unable to attend this training but are interested in learning more about VFC’s Juvenile Justice pilot program, please email Giselle.
Open Topic Small Group
Thursday, November 12
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 Senior Advocacy Liaison Mandi Lane at MandiL@speakupnow.org by Tuesday, November 10.
Open Topic Small Group
Wednesday, November 18
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 Senior Advocacy Supervisor Allen Fox at AllenF@speakupnow.org by Monday, November 16.
Extended Foster Care (EFC)
Tuesday, December 8
In this Continuing Education session on Zoom, HHSA social workers from the extended foster care (EFC) unit will discuss how CASAs can best advocate for nonminor dependents (NMDs). Topics will include how youth can qualify to participate in EFC, the goals of EFC, and how CASAs and social workers can work as a team. Please RSVP to Erin Finnerty at ErinF@speakupnow.org or 858-267-8485 by Thursday, December 3.
At-Home Continuing Education
CASA Lena Wellman recommends the training videos of Nate Sheets, a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) behavior consultant with Oregon Behavior Consultation and Cognitive Supports. Lena described these two short videos, both under eight minutes, as excellent: “5 Unhelpful Responses We Have to Escalated Kids and Adults” and “Starting Places: Oppositional Behavior.” If you watch these videos or a relevant movie or TV show or read a relevant book, please contact your advocacy supervisor to receive Continuing Education credit.