While Virginia is slow to bring children into foster care, we are also failing at finding them permanent family structures or returning them to their families of origin. The 2019 JLARC report on foster care in Virginia, summarized in photos and figures.
Our CASA kids aren't the only ones heading back to school this month! Living in a college town like Lynchburg, many of our CASA volunteers are graduate students pursuing degrees in fields related to CASA. Meet Rachel Ballman, one of our advocates who has been successfully serving as a volunteer while going to law school full-time.
"I realized that time from an adult that a child can trust is the most important thing to them, and that their trust will be fed by time given. The time that I give to being a CASA is energized by the voices and looks from children speaking those four words, "Do you have time?""
There are tons of ways your church can honor Child Abuse Prevention Month, but it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. Whether you're a church elder, the pastor, or a faithful attendee, below are 20 ideas for how your church can raise awareness and show support for child protection, broken out by level of involvement your church is looking for.
You did it Central Virginia! You helped us skyrocket past our fundraising goals with the 3rd Annual Superhero Run on November 4, 2017! Check out the stats, race recap video, photos, and race results in this blog post.
Battling child abuse and neglect takes a collective effort. The child above is composed of our 97 CASA Volunteers, 20 Board Members and 9 Staff, because TOGETHER we are a powerful voice for children. You can be part of our movement with an end-of-year gift today.
Updated suspension data for Virginia schools in 2016 was just released by Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. We break down the numbers for our region, look at the overall trends, and see how they play out in our area.
Our Development Director, Tami Tice Jacob, brings everyone up to speed on changes we have begun in order to tell our donors' stories, show the impact your donations make, and to empower YOU, our community members, to be the change-makers that fuel our CASA program!
"Serving this board has been an amazing journey where I have worked with so many different people in the community with very different backgrounds who come together for one unified purpose: to ensure abused and neglected children have an advocate." Bethany Harrison, CASA Board President
Did you know that 85% of our CASA volunteers are women and yet 50% of the children we serve are boys? This is not uncommon across the country for CASA programs, which has led to some creative marketing and recruiting initiatives. Learn more about our new CASA Quarterbacks group.