Notes and Updates from your Executive Director
Hi everyone!

I just wanted to take a minute to share a few notes with you - keep you up to date on things that are happening at CASA!

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION:

We look forward to seeing many of you at the volunteer appreciation dinner next week. We have already turned in final numbers to the hotel, but if you contact us, we can try to fit you in or put you on a waiting list. If you sent in your RSVP, make sure you also sent in your dinner choice by noon on 4/5.

Approximately 1/3 of our volunteers plan to join us, and I want to make sure that those of you who can't make it to the dinner know that we will have a gift for you when you come in to see your advocate supervisor this month - it's volunteer appreciation week next week, and we sure do appreciate every one of you! YOU are the reason we are able to serve so many children. We need you, the kids need you, and we just want to say thanks. Because we know the dinner is difficult for some volunteers to get to, we are going to try something different next year. We still want to show our thanks, but rather than one dinner in the middle of the County, we are going to try having lunches in each region.

KIDS ON THE WAIT LIST:

Despite having more volunteers in service than ever, our waiting list has grown again, and more than 60 kids are currently waiting for volunteers. To try to meet the need, we added an extra class for new trainees, so think about who you know that might want to be an advocate! Training starts next week in Buellton, and next month in Lompoc. A class in Santa Maria follows in July. You are our best source for finding new volunteers!

We currently have a few kids waiting in Santa Barbara who specifically need a bilingual advocate - if you (or someone you know can help), please let us know!

SUPERVISED VISITATION:

We have been telling you about our new service, supervised visitation. We have 10 CASA's so far who have branched out to volunteer in this way, and we need more! It's very different from your traditional CASA role, but those who are doing it report that they really enjoy the experience. You are able to schedule your time, in 2 hour blocks, and volunteer right in our Santa Maria office. NO COURT REPORT!! Just turn in your notes to Brittany, and she takes care of the rest. I hope you will think of this as a way to stay involved with CASA while on a break between cases, or when your case has slowed down as it comes to a close. Are you interested in helping but not sure about doing a 2 hour block? We also need volunteers who can transport the kids from their foster home to the visit and back - we will pay for the gas!! To get involved, please contact Brittany@sbcasa.org We need 10 more CASA volunteers who can give 2 hours each week.

DUCKS - AND THE DUCKY DERBY

I am sure you have been hearing all about ducks - and you will be hearing more.... the ducks are coming 5/19/19. This is a fun way to hold a raffle, and there are all kinds of prizes. The top prize is a Toyota Truck or $5000 cash, second prize is a San Diego getaway with tickets to legoland and the zoo, and third prize is a $1000 shopping spree at a local furniture store! Adopting a duck (a raffle entry) is just $5 and you don't have to be present to win (and there is no limit on how many ducks you can adopt!). We have many teams helping us fundraise, and we are looking for more! You can join a team, or start your own - you will see many familiar faces.... Teams are competing for prizes, also! We will have a prize for the top Corporate team and another prize for the top individual - and CASA staff (except me) get to compete for the individual prize! So - if you haven't already, consider adopting a duck! If you want to come to the event - save the date - 5/19/19. It's a family friendly and low cost fundraiser. IT IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE EVENT TO BRING YOUR CASA CASE CHILD TO! Event tickets are just $20 per car, and food and beverage tickets are purchased seperately. You can find all of the info HERE

As always, thank you for everything you do for the children we serve!
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Thank you for your rsvp's
make sure you've sent your menu choice
by noon 4/5
Tickets to the Bowl are available...
To increase accessibility to performing arts the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation has generously made world-class concert tickets available to Volunteers and their CASA child.

Now through October tickets are available for $5 per person. In addition, a $15 food voucher will be given, so basically it's FREE!

To see a lineup of upcoming concerts, CLICK HERE

To reserve your tickets, please contact your Advocate Supervisor or Associate Director, Aaron Pankratz at aaron@sbcasa.org

Save the date... The annual BBQ for you and your case child - you don't want to miss this fun event!
Adopt a duck, win a Toyota truck!
10,000 ducks are coming to Santa Barbara County for the CASA Ducky Derby on May 19th!
Adopt a duck for $5 and you could WIN!

Go online to CASADUCKYDERBY.ORG for all the details.
Jeans for Teens!
Thanks to a generous donation by friends of CASA we have True Religion and Apple Bottom brand jeans available for teens. Sizes are limited to the inventory listed below. Contact your Advocate Supervisor to get a pair for your teen today!

Inventory
True Religion Brand Jeans Apple Bottom Jeans
Women's Women's
Size 26 Sizes 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14

Men's True Religion Jeans
Sizes 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
The power of the CASA Court Report
(a testimonial from a CASA volunteer)
I was in court yesterday...
the Dad's Attorney had been questioning the social worker on the stand for over an hour when he asked if she had actually, herself, gone on a site visit to the father's house. The Social Worker mentioned she had not but had all the information from the CASA report. The Dad's Attorney continued to drill her about the fact that she had not made a site visit herself. County Council objected to the question and Judge Garcia agreed to state that the "CASA report stands on its own."

The CASA report had the pertinent information that the court needed on behalf of the children!

I know we are told in training how important the CASA report is, but to actually see it in action profoundly affected me. I was able to see that I am truly making a difference in my CASA kiddos lives and changing their trajectory. I am grateful to be the voice of the children and that the voice is heard. - Darcy, CASA Volunteer
Join the CASA Recruitment Committee
Help us recruit more CASA Volunteers!
The CASA Recruitment & Retention Commitee is activily recruiting new volunteers to serve on the committee.

The goal of the “recruitment team” is to increase the number of outreach opportunities in Northern Santa Barbara County, specifically Santa Maria and Lompoc.

  • Advocate Panels
  • Flyer Distribution
  • Info Booths
  • Volunteer Events & Special Projects
  • Social Media

Reach out to our Recruitment & Training Director, Crystal Sullins, crystal@sbcasa.org for more info! This is a fun team to join!
Continuing Education
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April presentations feature CWS staff training us on "How does CWS Make Placement Decisions?"
This will be a presentation/ discussion about the policies and practices that guide CWS in making out of home placement decisions, from the initial placement to moves once the case is in progress.

If you have any specific questions, please email them to Aaron ( aaron@sbcasa.org ) prior to the meeting. This will help ensure that CWS is prepared.

MEETING DATES
Santa Barbara - April 9 - noon -1PM
Santa Maria - April 10 - noon -1PM
Lompoc - April 10 - 5:30 - 6:30PM
Please remember that It is important that we receive your RSVP either by telling your advocate supervisor that you will attend or by responding on the link in the email. We want to make sure we order enough lunch/snacks to serve all CASA volunteers, without spending $$$ unnecessarily
Best for Babies & Fostering Futures Discussion Groups
The Best for Babies meeting is a discussion group to provide additional
information and support for an advocate with children ages 0-5. The meetings are
facilitated by CASA staff and CASA Terryl Bunn who has been advocating for children under five for more than 10 years.

Santa Maria 4/19 at noon - 1PM
Lompoc 5/15 at 6:30 - 7:30PM
Santa Barbara 4/16 at noon - 1PM
The Fostering Futures meetings are discussion groups to provide additional
information and support for an advocate with Transition Aged Youth (TAY) ages 12+. The meetings are facilitated by CASA staff with specialized experience working
with TAY, Lorena Chavarria

Santa Maria 4/2 at noon - 1PM
Santa Barbara 4/22 at noon - 1PM
RSVP your Advocate Supervisor or email aaron@sbcasa.org
Even more continuing education opportunities
The Empowered to Connect Conference  is a two-day locally hosted, live video simulcast of the TBRI creators and clinicians from Texas, sharing foundational insight and practical applications. Your local hosts have been trained as TBRI practitioners and are looking forward to sharing this whole-child, whole-family, successful intervention.

TBRI® is a holistic, attachment-based, trauma informed, evidence based intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® has proven efficacy and is being taught and utilized in 50 states and 40 countries.
 
A local cohort of social work professionals and resource parent professionals are bringing Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) trainings across the Central Coast in partnership with their local social service agencies. 
RSVP using the info below
Community Resilience Model Training
Who is Eligible?
This training is open to all clinical staff, both professional and paraprofessional, and community based organizations who work with people who have suffered trauma.

Things You Will Learn: To learn simple biologically based skills so adults and children can get back into a state of balance in body, mind and spirit.To reduce uncomfortable reactions related to stressful/traumatic experiences. To create “trauma informed” and “resiliency informed” individuals and communities.

To learn more or register for training, click here: CLICK HERE
Thank you for your feedback
Case Closing Surveys
When your case closes, you will receive a link from your Advocate Supervisor to complete a case closing survey. This feedback has been invaluable in helping us learn about your individual experience and look at ways we can make sure we are good stewards of our most valuable treasure...Volunteers like you!

Don't want to wait to let us know how are doing? Email us any time: aaron@sbcasa.org or kim@sbcasa.org - We want to hear from you!