CASA participates in Giving Tuesday

The national day of giving occurring on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 is a big day for CASA of Franklin County, helping to secure donations to support the mission.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/11/28/nonprofits-urge-that-people-make-charitable-donations-on-giving-tuesday.html

CASA in Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: I have two wonderful children (28 and 30). Both are married and have great spouses.

Ever since I was a girl, I have dreamed of being a mother and a grandmother. My heartbreak is that neither of my children wants kids. Every time I hear that my sister or brother is becoming a grandparent again, my heart aches so bad I sit down and cry.

My husband says I need to accept it and move on. I have tried, but I’m so depressed right now I don’t know what to do.
I’m thankful my children found their soul mates and are doing very well. I just don’t know how to get past this missing part of me. — UNHAPPY IN COLORADO

DEAR UNHAPPY: Have you considered going online and researching volunteer opportunities to work with children or teens? While they wouldn’t be related to you, it would give you an opportunity to make a significant difference in a child’s life.

One organization that comes to mind is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which would give you the chance to be a mentor. Another program you might enjoy is Foster Grandparents, which is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Or call the hospitals in your area and ask if they need someone to come in on a regular basis to hold and rock premature infants and newborns.

If you contact CASA for Children (casaforchildren.org), you could become a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children and teens, which may provide the emotional satisfaction you need.

I hope my suggestions will help you. However, if they don’t, then you must accept that plans we make for ourselves when we are young don’t always work out as we wish they would, and let them go.

CASA of Franklin County receives certification of compliance from National CASA for high standards

CASA of Franklin County receives certification of compliance from National CASA for high standards

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County program has been awarded, yet again, certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.  This certification recognizes that CASA of Franklin County is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

According to Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association, “The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf.  This certification says CASA of Frankin County has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their community.”

CASA of Frankin County was started in 1991.  CASA of Franklin County served 831 children in Franklin County in 2015 that had been victims of abuse and neglect (375 families).  CASA has over 230 trained volunteer Guardians ad Litem and hope to train another 90 in 2016.  For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer Guardian ad Litem please contact Molly Seguin, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at mseguin@38.101.62.34.

About the National CASA Association

In 1976, concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court, helping to ensure that they will live in a safe and loving environment.  So successful was this Seattle program, that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates.  In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA/GAL with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act.  Today, there are more than 950 National CASA member programs across the country, with more than 70,000 men and women serving as CASA or Guardian ad Litem volunteers.