NEWS AND EVENTS

Warren Gives May 20, 2020
 

Consider donating on May 20, 2020 for Warren Gives, click here to learn more.

Current Projects/Needs:  Sponsor a CASA Volunteer Project.
• $250 and up – Provides a skilled trainer for the 30 hours required to be an advocate.
• $100 and up – Provides assistance for one fact-based report submitted to the court on behalf
of a child.
• $50 and up – Provides one CASA/Volunteer Training Curriculum manual, which gives volunteers a solid base of knowledge and skills to begin their volunteer work.
• $25 and up – Provides the necessary FBI and criminal background clearances for one
CASA volunteer.


We are called to help individually and in our own way, but together, we CAN make a difference in a child’s life.

Child Abuse Prevention Month 2020

C
ommunity members can make life better for vulnerable children.


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and our attention rightly turns to ways we can support children who have experienced abuse or neglect. According to the US Children’s Bureau, in 2018 there were 687,000 children in foster care in the United States due to abuse or neglect.

For children to thrive despite abuse or neglect, resilience is key. The most common factor in developing resilience, according to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, is having a stable relationship with a supportive adult.


That’s where CASA of Warren and Forest Counties comes in. We recruit, train and support volunteers who get to know children and the adults around them, and who advocate for those children’s needs in court and in the community. Our volunteers are simply everyday people who care deeply about children and are ready to make a child’s life better. They are part of a national network of 93,300 volunteers who are doing this work.


Many of the children we serve are not used to having adults in their lives who they can trust. Most children who experience abuse or neglect are victimized by their own parents. Parental drug abuse, for example, was involved in more than one third of cases of children being removed from families for maltreatment in 2018, nationwide.


Children who have been living in these situations can become accustomed to being overlooked. In fact, most children removed from their families for maltreatment have suffered from neglect as opposed to active abuse.


Researchers at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child have pointed out that despite this, child neglect receives far less attention than abuse. Compared to active abuse, chronic neglect has been found to be associated with a larger range of damage to children. By advocating for children’s needs, community members can make a major impact when it comes to mitigating this kind of damage.


Older youth are some of the youth most in need of advocates. Although babies are at the highest risk of being maltreated, nearly 20 percent of children in foster care nationally are age 15 or older.  Having experienced abuse or neglect has lasting consequences for these youth.


The US Children’s Bureau has found that at age 17, more than one quarter of youth in foster care have been referred for substance abuse treatment or counseling at some point. By age 21, 20 percent of youth who were in foster care at age 17 have been incarcerated within the prior two years. Twenty-two percent of former foster youth, by age 21, have given birth to or fathered a child. Forty-two percent have experienced homelessness at some point.


We have great hope for these youth despite the long odds against them.  At age 17, 94 percent of  youth in foster care reported that they had a supportive adult in their lives who they could rely on for advice or emotional support. Having a stable relationship with a supportive adult can help children do well even when they have faced significant hardships.


For a great number of these youth, CASA volunteers are that supportive adult. Our programs serve approximately one-third of older youth in foster care nationwide. Our volunteers are trained to understand the impact of trauma on children. They advocate for services that promote healing and help children build resilience. The work CASA volunteers do is life-changing, and sometimes life-saving.


Removing children from an environment in which they experienced abuse or neglect does not guarantee positive outcomes for those children. They need quality, therapeutic care and support to move beyond those experiences and thrive.


To get that care and support, children need an adult who can advocate for them and who they can lean on over time. Now is the time for each of us to become that adult, by becoming a [CASA/GAL] volunteer or supporting our programs so others can.

During Pandemic, Local Volunteers Work to Ensure At-Risk Children are Safe:
[CASA/GAL] Volunteers Needed Now More than Ever

Warren, PA – April 12, 2020 –
Child abuse and neglect is likely on the rise in the face of this pandemic, as families are put under more financial and emotional stress. Children are no longer in the public eye—they are not at schools or daycare, or in other locations where caring individuals would be able to spot signs of abuse. One group of volunteers in Warren and Forest Counties are working hard to ensure that abuse and neglect do not go unnoticed.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are community members who volunteer with CASA of Warren and Forest Counties. They work with children in the child welfare system who have already experienced abuse or neglect. They meet with children in person at least monthly, and provide information to judges that helps them make the most well-informed decisions about each child.

These visits provide an opportunity for CASA/GAL volunteers to check in on children’s safety and well-being. But right now, meeting in person with the children they advocate for is difficult or impossible. This means it is harder for them to gauge what is going on in children’s lives, and their needs.

If readers suspect a child is in immediate danger, they should contact the police or call 9-1-1. They can also contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline via text, phone or online chat (https://www.childhelp.org/childhelp-hotline/), to report abuse.

CASA SUPERHERO 5K

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Race Location: Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department at 40 Fuller Avenue, Warren, PA US 16365.


Schedule:
8-9:00 AM      -- Registration and packet pickup
9:15 AM         -- One‐mile walk/run and Superhero gauntlet (Costumes will be judged during this event)
10:00 AM       -- 5K Race
11:00 AM       -- Race Winners and Costume Awards

Note:
-T-Shirts not guaranteed, so please register early
-Costume contest for 1 Mile & 5K participants.


Proceeds: Benefit CASA of Warren and Forest Counties and local helping professional organizations (fire, police, etc. – i.e., “the true superheroes of our community”)


Entry Fee: $25 5K / $5 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk


Website: Race registration available online HERE.

Join Us on #GivingTuesday!

Join us on this global day dedicated to giving back.

 

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.  Held on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, 2018 marks the 7th annual global event.

 

Help us include our local communities in this world giving day! 

CASA SUPERHERO 5K

Race Location: Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department at 539 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA US 16365.


Schedule:
8-9:00 AM      -- Registration and packet pickup
9:15 AM         -- One‐mile walk/run and Superhero gauntlet (Costumes will be judged during this event)
10:00 AM       -- 5K Race
11:00 AM       -- Race Winners and Costume Awards

Note:
-T-Shirts not guaranteed, so please register early
-Costume contest for 1 Mile & 5K participants.


Proceeds: Benefit CASA of Warren and Forest Counties and local helping professional organizations (fire, police, etc. – i.e., “the true superheroes of our community”)


Entry Fee: $20

-Registration ends September 20th.

 


Website: Race registration available online HERE.

A special thanks to our sponsors: 

  • AR Trucking- Super Sponsor
     

  • Hertel and Brown Physical Therapy- Extra Ordinary Sponsor 

  • Whirley-DrinkWorks!- Extra Ordinary Sponsor 
     

  • Northwest- Magnificent Sponsor 

  • Warren General- Magnificent Sponsor

WARREN GIVES

CASA of Warren and Forest Counties is pleased to be part of Warren Gives on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. This special Warren County online fund raising event involves sixteen hours of online giving with goals to raise awareness and appreciation for Warren County non-profits and to encourage new giving.

 

Match pool money makes your donation mean even more to us. Match dollars are distributed proportionally among organizations based on the donations they receive.

To donate, please see the directions to the left.

CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH

In April, National CASA joins our 933 CASA and guardian ad litem programs around the country in raising awareness of child abuse prevention.

Did You Know?

  • Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect.

  • 646,000 neglected and abused children find themselves in foster care each year.

  • In 2012, there were 3.4 million reports of abuse or neglect in the US.

  • An estimated 1,564 children died from abuse or neglect in 2012

 

Ways to Help:
Everyone has a role to play in preventing child abuse. From supporting a stressed parent to participating in an April event in your community to becoming a CASA volunteer. Below are just a few examples. 

  • Encourage your community leaders to learn about the protective factors that prevent at-risk parents from becoming abusers.

  • Encourage local service providers to produce a directory of available services that are easy to find in the community

  • If your governor, mayor, or other local elected official is not planning a public statement for Child Abuse Prevention Month, consider starting and publicizing a petition to change his or her mind!

  • Organize a day to wear blue for abuse prevention awareness. Contact local businesses and government and get their employees involved.

  • Become a CASA volunteer!

CASA Senior Basketball Classic

Date: Wednesday, March 13th

Where: Warren Area High School Gymnasium

Time: 6:00 PM

The 14th annual CASA Senior Basketball Classic brings together the whole community and celebrates our young people. The idea behind the game itself is to showcase, one last time, our outstanding senior talent in a truly enjoyable game atmosphere. Seniors from Forest Area School District, Tidioute Charter School, Eisenhower, Youngsville, Warren and Sheffield High schools will be participating.


Come and watch the seniors play and the exciting halftime show! Winning or losing is not the real object of this game. More important is that player enjoys the camaraderie of the other senior basketball players while entertaining the crowd that has gathered to wish them well.

 

The wonderful part of the “Classic” is that when the community comes together to celebrate our seniors, we are also supporting children who do not have the advantages that so many of us take for granted.

SPEAKER SERIES

Our goals for the Speaker Series are simple; to educate, inform and ask. First we want to educate the community on what we do and how our local children in foster care need a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).  Next our speaker will share a perspective on how the CASA program has impacted them or a CASA child. Lastly the appeal will touch on three areas that a caring citizen can help. Through their time by volunteering for the advisory board or a committee, by training to become a CASA advocate or from a monetary donation to support our programming.

 

Would you please consider allowing a CASA representative to speak and hand out literature to an audience in your organization, church or club? Our volunteer speakers are advocates, advisory board or committee members, or perhaps our executive director. Contact our office today to secure a date!

NATIONAL CASA CONFERENCE

Held annually each June in our nation’s capital, Executive Director, Lisa Thompson attends whenever funding permits.  Invitations are always extended to all local CASA advocates and advisory board members to accompany her if possible.  In 2016 Lisa, along with a local CASA advocate made the trip to attend workshops, hear speakers and network with their counterparts from all over the country. In 2016 these are some of the key ideas and learning they are bringing back to Warren & Forest Counties.​

 

The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  CASA programs enjoy broad, bipartisan support in the US Congress. Through the Victims of Child Abuse Act, Congress authorizes funding to increase the number of CASA volunteers available to victims of child abuse or neglect.

 
 

© 2016 CASA Warren and Forest County. 

Call us:

814-723-4434

Find us: 

207 Second Avenue, Warren PA 16365

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