Youth Speak: Financial Well-Being and Vulnerability

May is National Foster Care Month. We invited members of the CASA community to author articles on issues that affect the well-being of children and youth in foster care.

In this guest blog post, FosterClub—the national network of young people in foster care— shares 5 tips for helping young people in care gain financial security and avoid common pitfalls.

“Youth in foster care face many challenges when aging out of the system. Staying on financial track is difficult, and a mystery for many foster youth who never received the education and guidance necessary to achieve successful financial independence.
Youth Speak: Financial Well Being and Vulnerability“Some of the hardest challenges that foster youth face are developing the resource network and financial knowledge that is essential for living independently and funding their post-secondary education.”— David

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Building on Normalcy in Florida

May is National Foster Care Month. We invited members of the CASA community to author articles on issues that affect the well-being of children and youth in foster care. 

In this guest blog post, Alan Abramowitz, the executive director of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program*, describes two pieces of legislation that are improving the lives of young people in care.

Building on Normalcy in FloridaIt all started with a vision to treat foster children the same as any other child. The guardian ad litem (GAL) program recognized the importance of foster children being able to participate in activities just as any other child might. Participation in these types of activities is important to the child’s well-being, not only emotionally, but in developing valuable life-coping skills.

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Changing a Child’s Life…and My Own

Thank you to Changing a Child’s Life…and My OwnElaine Leist, volunteer with CASA Kane County, Geneva, IL, for writing this guest post.

People like to say that things happen for a reason. Sometimes I think they are consoling themselves, putting a positive spin on an unexpected, or even tragic, turn of events.

For most of my life, I had no need for such explanations. I was blessed to have spent my life in the small town where I was born, surrounded by a loving family and cherished friends. There were few occurrences in my life that I could not explain or embrace.

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Interview with the Creator of Foster Care Film ReMoved

In this guest blog post, filmmaker Nathanael Matanick talks about his short film, ReMoved. In 13 fast-moving minutes, the film conveys the complexity of the emotions of a child in the foster care system.

ReMoved has been recognized with awards at several independent film festivals. Since its release online in March, it has gone viral, especially among groups dealing with child welfare and foster care.

What drew you to this topic for a film?

Interview with the Creator of Foster Care Film ReMoved

My wife and I were training to become foster parents. We see fostering as something that is critical, not just because of the huge need for it, but also because it’s so important to God.

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Valuing Volunteers

Valuing Volunteers

By National CASA CEO Michael Piraino

This being National Volunteer Week, let’s ask, “what’s the value of volunteering?”

Nearly 65 million US residents volunteer each year.  This is an extraordinary resource helping in myriad ways to improve life in the United States.

According to Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour in the United States is $22.14.  Using that estimate, the value of volunteering exceeds $175 billion a year.

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