CASA in the News

Network and Other News:


October 5, 2017

Memo from CalYOUTH: Predictors of High School Completion and College Entry at Ages 19/20
By Nathanael J. Okpych, Mark E. Courtney, and Kristin Dennis


September 1, 2017

Nemo, 2-Year-Old Black Lab, Sworn-In as Special Advocate in S.F. Court Ceremony
Court-appointed special advocate animals like Nemo represent abused, neglected and abandoned children in juvenile dependency court.


August 31, 2017

Marin CASA returns as a voice for children!
By Susan McQuaid

Here’s a fact that may come as a shock to you — every year in Marin County, more than 1,000 reports of suspected child abuse, neglect and abandonment are made to authorities...


August 7, 2017


Twelve Child Welfare Policy Ideas from Former Foster Youth
by John Kelly

Every year, one of Youth Services Insider’s favorite assignments is poring over the policy recommendations of the 12 young people selected for the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a program operated by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Each participant interns for a member of Congress and produces one proposal on how to improve child welfare policy.

This year’s collection, “Unlocking Potential,” did not disappoint...


July 26, 2017

The California CASA Association is pleased to introduce Lily Dorman Colby, Esq., our new Policy and Program Coordinator. Lily will lead CASA’s participation in legislative visits, coalition calls, and committee meetings; and she will monitor, analyze, and track legislation that may have impact on child welfare policies and the work that CASA does throughout California. Lily brings to the position her experience as both a foster youth and foster parent. She spent time in foster care herself and, at age 18, became temporary foster parent to her youngest brother. While in law school, Lily and her husband were foster parents to two teenagers. Thank you for joining the CASA network, Lily!


July 7, 2017

Foster children at risk in Sacramento intake center

The main entrance of the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento is seen on Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, July 7, 2017. For the past year and a half, in violation of state health and safety laws, hundreds of children awaiting foster care placement in Sacramento County have had to sleep in the lobby of the county child welfare system's central intake office here, or in an adjacent pair of "Comfort Rooms," often in cots, fold-up mats and air mattresses...


July 1, 2017

Opinion: Union-backed bill is bad news for patients needing county mental health, other services
A bill winding its way through the legislature, Assembly Bill 1250 (Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles), would drastically impede the ability of organizations like ours to provide essential services to youths and families in our community who need them most...


June 28, 2017

CASA named nonprofit of the year in 12th Senate District
CONGRATULATIONS CASA OF SAN BENITO COUNTY!


May 24, 2017

SB233 clarifies a foster parent’s role in a child’s education
By Lily Eagle Dorman Colby


May 23, 2017

Stowe Dailey and Karen Taylor-Good, known as StoweGood are songwriters and speakers based in Nashville, and they were recently commissioned by a CASA volunteer in Orange, Texas to write a song for CASA. The volunteer is passionate about the CASA mission, and requested they write an impassioned song that would encourage its listeners to become CASA volunteers. Listen below!


May 10, 2017

California CASA announces the selection of Sharon Lawrence as our new CEO!


February 7, 2017

One Caring Adult
By Judge Leonard Edwards

It has been said that all a child needs is one caring adult in order to become a success in life. When a child is removed from home because of parental abuse or neglect or the child’s delinquent behavior, often the best path to a successful life involves one caring adult who acts as a mentor and a guide. If this is true, it contains an important message for juvenile court judges.

Judge Edwards is also the 2017 California CASA Champion honoree at the Lifting Hearts event on March 4th.


January 30, 2017

California CASA Association’s Statement Regarding Marin CASA Program

On January 9, 2017, the Supervising Judge for the Marin Unified Family Court and the Local Presiding Juvenile Court Judge made the joint decision to withdraw designation for the CASA program from the Marin Advocates for Children (MAC). The bench undertook a comprehensive inquiry into the issues and concluded “that MAC in its current posture is not the organization this court wishes to designate to recruit, select, train, supervise and support lay volunteers pursuant to CRC 5.655.”

California CASA Association worked hard in advance of this situation to try to help the various parties find common ground and identify a path forward. Unfortunately, through a series of board and volunteer resignations, funders sharing their concerns for long-term stability, and the escalation of internal conflicts to the general public, it became clear that both the bench and the broader community had lost confidence in MAC.

Since that time, California CASA has been working in partnership with community leaders, the bench, Marin Advocates for Children, funders, National CASA, and Marin Children and Family Services (CFS) to ensure that the CASA mission continues in Marin and that we minimize any disruption in service to children.

California CASA does not take any position on any allegations made, nor do we have any comment on the internal management issues of the organization. We have only one goal: to work in partnership with the Marin bench and community leaders to ensure CASA can continue to serve the court and the abused and neglected children who so critically need our support.

We are thankful for the commitment and ongoing dedication of our volunteers, funders and supporters to the mission of CASA.

John L. Lipp, CEO
California CASA Association
Oakland, CA
Office: 510-663-8440
www.californiacasa.org


January 11, 2017

After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms
By Noel Anaya

Walking into court for my very last time as a foster youth, I felt like I was getting a divorce from a system that I’ve been in a relationship with almost my entire life...


June 21, 2016

Family Reunification Day celebrates hope and hard work
By Louie Vega

Approximately 1,857 children are in Kern County’s foster care system living in out-of- home care, according to the Department of Human Services. As the supervising judge of the Kern County Superior Court’s Juvenile Division, along with judges Raymonda Marquez and William Palmer, I can tell you that these children come into our courtrooms due to no fault of their own. They come because they have suffered neglect or abuse at the hands of their parents. They range from newborn to over 17 years of age.





Articles featuring California CASA staff:

NBC Bay Area’s Instigative Reporting Unit looked into a horrific instance of child abuse to learn about the practices when children are abused in foster care.
Vicky Nguyen, Michael Bott and Mark Villareal (October 30, 2015)
Interview with Phil Ladew, California CASA's former Associate and Legal Director

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Court Advocates for Foster Kids to Return - The Press Enterprise
Burge, Sarah (2015, January 22)
Quoting Former California CASA CEO, Cory Pohley

VFC to Operate Volunteer Advocacy Services to Children - The Desert Independent
Quoting Former California CASA CEO, Cory Pohley

Drugging Our Kids, Pt. 2 - The San Jose Mercury News
De Sa, Karen (2014, September 21)
Quoting former California CASA Associate and Legal Director, Phil Ladew

Become a Champion for a Foster Child - The American Academy of Pediatrics, California
Written by Pohley, Cory (2013, Issue 4, page 5)

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