Trauma-Informed Advocacy: How to Make a Customizable Calendar

Trauma-Informed Advocacy: How to Make a Customizable Calendar

Sep 28 2017

Every child deserves a sense of stability in a tumultuous environment. A child who has experienced trauma can express behaviors that may seem perplexing. Many children who have experienced trauma have come to depend on unconventional coping mechanisms from their pasts in order to get their most basic needs met. Even when a child is in a safe environment where they can have all of their basic needs easily met, these previously successful coping mechanisms can still manifest in a multitude of scenarios.For many of the children we serve, the comfort of being able to visualize their weekly schedules instills a sense of assurance and lowers anxiety. By giving a child an interactive weekly or monthly calendar, they are able to feel more aware of and in control of their lives.

Today we're sharing a simple video tutorial on how to make an interactive calendar for kids! Read More

A Day Full of Supertraditions

A Day Full of Supertraditions

Sep 07 2017

In traditional superhero comics, there are themes that recur, ideas or events we can count on in nearly every story. The world or city will be threatened by a larger-than-life villain. An innocent person will be in distress. A seemingly ordinary person will turn out to be a hero of incredible strength and honor. The battle will be close but, in the end, our hero will triumph. Following the struggle, our hero will impart some words of heroic wisdom and disappear into the obscurity of his mild-mannered alter ego.

In the same way, certain traditions have arisen through the 8 years of the CASA Superhero Run. Every year, thousands of people come out to run and meet their favorite heroes. Read More

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Sep 06 2017

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Whether you’re a diligent reader or an aspiring bookworm, here are some tried and true titles about the child welfare system and surrounding topics recommended to you by members of our staff.

Melanie Babbitt, Senior Teen Advocacy Specialist, recommends To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Chris Beam. This nonfiction piece discusses the trials and tribulations of being a foster parent, complete with personal experiences that put what is going on in the American foster care system into perspective. Read More

Super Outfits for Superheroes: DIY Costume Ideas

Super Outfits for Superheroes: DIY Costume Ideas

Aug 31 2017

It’s almost September, which means our annual CASA Superhero Run is just around the corner!

From Wonder Woman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, don’t stress about costume ideas with these easy DIYs for both kids and the whole team. Read More

Lucky Cantu Shares Her Secrets to 9 Years of Superhero Fundraising

Lucky Cantu Shares Her Secrets to 9 Years of Superhero Fundraising

Aug 24 2017

So I have been a superhero fundraiser for going on 9 years, and I only turned 10 years old this month! I have been supporting and raising money for CASA as long as I can remember, literally! This is a very important cause for my mom and me. She worked as a prosecutor on Child Protective Services cases and saw firsthand what the personal circumstances are for these kids on a day to day basis. A CASA volunteer helps hold their hand to the other side of this. I love helping to put those volunteers in place, because we all need someone to hold our hand even if we are heroes ourselves. Read More