Asking the Right Questions featuring Cindy Dyar
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
1M ago
One of the CASA guiding principles is respect for the parents we walk alongside, as well as for all parties involved in the case. This episode is brimming with insights from our guest Cindy Dyar, Director of the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Family Defense Project, on how we can approach collaboration with parents and their attorneys with an open mind and a commitment to understanding, even when we might not be in agreement. Cindy has practiced family law for more than a decade and shares some powerful questions that CASA advocates can draw on to build rapport with parents and open up discussion ..read more
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Advocacy for Health and Healing featuring Elizabeth Wendell
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
3M ago
How can CASA advocacy be more deeply informed by what we know about lifelong health outcomes for youth involved with the CPS system? Research has revealed profound inequalities in adulthood related to the type of care experienced by youth in the foster care system. Joining us to put this important research into conversation with CASA advocacy is global change-maker Elizabeth Wendell, an innovator in public health and family well-being and co-founder of Pale Blue. Support the show ..read more
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Illuminating the CASA Difference with Joan Ulsher
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
In this episode we're delighted to be joined by author, speaker, and CASA advocate Joan Ulsher, a powerful voice for the mission and impact of CASA. Joan shares insights from her work as a deeply devoted advocate as well as from her memoir "Misplaced Childhood: A True Story of Resiliency and Child Advocacy," which touches on her own experience with foster care. You can read more about Joan's work here.  Support the show ..read more
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Cultivating Resilience and Compassionate Presence with Christa Mayfield
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
What are some tangible ways CASA advocates can cultivate resilience and keep our compassion game strong when engaged in advocacy work that can sometimes weigh heavily on our hearts and minds? The wonderful and wise Christa Mayfield of Good Sustained shines a light on strategies for mitigating burnout and building resilience within ourselves so that our advocacy work can continue to feel meaningful and rooted in authentic compassion, and so that we can continually bring our best selves into our relationships and work.  Support the show ..read more
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Hope-Focused Advocacy with Cortney Jones
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
In this episode, we're thrilled to be in conversation with Cortney Jones, founder of Change 1, an organization that aims to support young adults with foster care experience in realizing their full potential. Cortney draws on examples from the work she leads at the intersection of restorative justice and child welfare practice to explore how CASA volunteers can work to proactively affirm human dignity in our advocacy as we seek to support authentic justice, empowerment, and healing for families involved in the CPS system.  Support the show ..read more
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Collaborative Child Advocacy: Partnering with Attorney Ad Litems Featuring Lori Duke
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
What can CASA advocates do to build effective working relationships and increase collaboration with attorney ad litems? For this conversation, we're honored to be joined by the deeply insightful Lori Duke, Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Children’s Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Lori shares strategies and best practices for collaborative child advocacy gathered from her immense experience representing children and youth.  Support the show ..read more
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Strengthening a Web of Supports for Teens and Young Adults in Foster Care
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
In this episode, we’re delighted to be in conversation with Laura Villarreal, the Neurodevelopmental Program Specialist with the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Laura shines a light on the web of services and supports that the Texas Workforce Commission offers for teens and young adults in foster care to help expand their access to economic opportunities and supportive mentoring relationships with a goal of establishing life-giving stability as they transition to young adulthood.  Support the show ..read more
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Bridging the Gap: Advocacy for Educational Wellbeing with Chantal Hinds
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
As the families we walk alongside embark on a new school year, let's pause to reflect on how CASA advocates can have a powerful impact on increasing educational stability and success for youth in foster care. In this episode, we're joined by the brilliant Chantal Hinds, an attorney, policy entrepreneur, and an advocate for the well-being of students involved in the foster system. Chantal shares valuable insights from her research into improving educational wellbeing for youth in care, as well as wisdom around what works when it comes to partnering with parents and foster caregivers to better f ..read more
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Improving Access to Information, Resources, and Support with Sarah Bryant
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
As CASAs, we know how  critical it is that parents and family members have access to the information and support needed to successfully navigate what can be a complex and overwhelming child welfare system. In this episode, we're deeply honored to be joined by Sarah Bryant, managing attorney for The Family Helpline. A project of the Texas Legal Services Center, the Helpline exists to stand in the gap for families seeking information and clarity about the CPS legal process. Sarah brings her extensive experience representing and supporting both children and parents involved in CPS cases to t ..read more
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Advocacy for Children 0 to 5 Years Old and Their Families Featuring Krystal Vann, Carollyn Thesing, and Anna McDonnell(Part 2)
CASA on the Go: Continuing Education for CASA Volunteers
by Texas CASA
4M ago
With 47% of children in foster care falling into the 0 to 5 age range, it's critical that we're up to date on best practices in advocating for young children and strategies for effectively supporting their families. Powerhouse duo Krystal Vann and Carollyn Thesing from Child Advocates of Fort Bend return for part two of this conversation with a focus on advocating for the educational and developmental needs of four- and five-year-olds, as well as trauma-informed approaches to supporting families with young children as they navigate the CPS system. Texas CASA's Anna McDonnell joins us to share ..read more
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