The Long and Winding (Yellow Brick) Road to Permanency

The Long and Winding (Yellow Brick) Road to Permanency

Nov 07 2017

Forty-four children were adopted into thirty families Thursday morning. Though their journeys in the foster care system have finally come to an end, their pathways to permanency were surely overwhelming.

Just like Dorothy and her motley crew, these children’s yellow brick roads were filled with twists, turns, and unexpected deterrents. These children likely bounced from foster home to foster home, school to school, and across a spectrum of different therapies on their long journeys. Read More

Cultural Connections: The traditions and lessons of Día de los Muertos

Cultural Connections: The traditions and lessons of Día de los Muertos

Oct 30 2017

Día de los Muertos is a vibrant celebration of connection, of remembrance, of cherishing loved ones who’ve passed. The Mexican holiday, which takes place from October 31 to November 2, is celebrated in Central and South America, stateside, and acknowledged around the world. Families and friends gather together and set up altars to remember and pray for deceased loved ones, and to send good wishes for their journeys in the afterlife.

For some members of our staff, Día de los Muertos takes on a special meaning.  Read More

CASA Volunteers Make a Difference Every Day and for Years to Come

CASA Volunteers Make a Difference Every Day and for Years to Come

Oct 28 2017

Today is national Make a Difference Day, one of the largest days of service nationwide when volunteers come together to improve the lives of others.

CASA volunteers are making a powerful difference for children every single day, even though it isn’t always obvious. Read More

Meeting the Needs of Sex Trafficking Survivors

Meeting the Needs of Sex Trafficking Survivors

Oct 18 2017

One seemingly small act of grace can be astronomical for a child who’s been abused or neglected. For Sofia, that small act of grace kept her from living in a situation where she was abused and disrespected.

Sofia is a survivor of sex trafficking. After coming into care as a teenager, Sofia had a habit of running away and being kicked out of her relatives’ homes, some of whom repeatedly shamed Sofia for her sexuality and her past traumatic trafficking experiences.

It was clear Sofia desperately needed a safe, dedicated and consistent place to call home. Read More