Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System: An interview with Tanya Rollins

Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System: An interview with Tanya Rollins

Feb 23 2017

When you hear the term disproportionality in terms of advocacy work, you are essentially talking about an overrepresentation of a particular group in a particular system, as compared to the members in the general population. So for child welfare, we have an overrepresentation of children of color within the system. When we talk about disproportionality, you also see the overrepresentation of people of color in general when you look at the criminal justice system, when you look at education disciplinary practices, when you look at who is getting mental health services and who's not getting mental health services. I like to tell people that you can pretty much go to every major system and you will see an overrepresentation of people of color within those systems. Read More

(Re)introducing Board President David Rubin

(Re)introducing Board President David Rubin

Feb 20 2017

Our 2017 Board President, David Rubin, describes himself as a “serial tech entrepreneur” and has recently started his fifth company. He started his first company in college, dumpster diving behind carpet manufacturers’ warehouses for scrap pieces that could be cut perfectly down to dorm room size. After plastering Jester dormitory with flyers, his business became so successful that he started cutting wholesale deals with manufacturers. At the end of the semester, he would clean the carpet remnants, store them over the summer and sell to a new batch of freshmen in the fall. Read More

CASA Goes to the Movies!

CASA Goes to the Movies!

Feb 16 2017

With the Oscars approaching, we’ve taken a look at the themes of some of the movies nominated for awards (and a few we wish were nominated) and how they’re relevant to the work we do at CASA. The films released over the past year cover topics including trauma, foster care, adoption, placements with relatives, diversity, confronting our own biases and more. Here are some of our staff-recommended films of the year (and each of these can count as Continuing Education hours for our volunteer advocates!):

Hunt for the Wilderpeople:  “The best thing about this movie is how it shows people who seemingly have nothing in common with the children they have been asked to care for..."  Read More