Hearing Things That Cannot be Said

Hearing Things That Cannot be Said

I spend time with these kids because there’s too much they can’t say.

Amanda Kasper is a proud Theta sister who became a CASA volunteer as soon as she graduated from college. The case she has been working since 2009 has now closed with a positive resolution. She has appeared as a guest blogger for us before, back in 2011.

A longer version of this piece originally appeared on her personal blog, Welcome to Midnight, it is reprinted here with permission.

 

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Ominous Trends in Foster Care

Ominous Trends in Foster CareBy National CASA CEO Michael Piraino

For several years, CASA volunteers and staff around the country have been concerned about an ominous trend. Despite a general decline in the number of children in foster care, the family courts were requesting more volunteer advocates for more and more foster youth. Additionally, the children who had CASA and guardian ad litem advocates were coming from more challenging home situations. It is a sadly familiar pattern we have seen after previous recessions.

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Your Role in a National Commitment to Keep Our Kids Safe

Your Role in a National Commitment to Keep Our Kids SafeBy National CASA CEO Michael Piraino

When a 12-year-old girl like Maya Ranot drops to 58 pounds, shows up at school with cuts and bruises, tells her friends she’s being beaten at home, and winds up bloodied in the emergency room, we’re horrified. How could a system that’s supposed to protect children like Maya have failed her so miserably?

The New York Times questioned why a New York City social worker spent a year monitoring the case “but did not act.” In a 2010 Facebook post the newspaper uncovered, the social worker reportedly said she wanted to quit her job. “I can’t take it. [It’s] way too much.”

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My Journey from Pain and Fear to Love and Hope

Thank you to Charlene, a former CASA child from Texas, for telling her story in this guest post, and to Miss Belle, for all she did to help Charlene and her sister find their stable and loving “forever” home.

When I was little, I had a secret—one I kept to myself for years. Every time I thought about it, I got so scared I didn’t know what to do.

My Journey from Pain and Fear to Love and Hope

I used to feel ashamed of who I was. My CASA volunteer taught me to love who I am.

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I Am the Reason You Should Never Give Up on a Child

Thank you to Jackie Davis, former foster youth and current college student at the University of North Texas, for sharing his story with us at the 2014 National CASA Conference and in this guest blog post. 

I Am the Reason You Should Never Give Up on a Child

My CASA volunteer was a warrior who decided to fight alongside me, all for the sake of providing me a hopeful future.

I’d like to share with you a little of how CASA’s powerful commitment to children has influenced my life.

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