The latest news and information from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Fresno and Madera Counties. 

Message from the Executive Director
Dear Friends,
As the school year wraps up and summer begins I'd like to thank everyone who has supported CASA in the first half of the year. Many of our advocates have worked within the schools for the children assigned to them and we've witnessed some great educational milestones. Now, as summer approaches, our advocates remain with their cases to provide support to foster children throughout the summer months.
Here at CASA we have some exciting summer events planned such as a CASA promotional night with the Fresno Grizzlies and participating in the August Fig Gig at Fig Garden village. To stay up to date on all of the events and activities with CASA please check your inbox for these monthly newsletters and remember to check our website and Facebook pages regularly.
I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Nathan Lee, Executive Director.

Social Media campaign raises awareness during National Foster Care Month. 

During the month of May our advocates participated in a National Foster Care Month awareness campaign showing why they choose to volunteer with CASA. To see all of the photos and stay up to date with CASA visit us on Facebook! 

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Advocates Rick and Jennifer
Advocate Priscilla

Mission Moment 
Advocate Barbara Kosinski has been with CASA since October 2015 and is currently assigned to her first case advocating for an elementary aged boy.
A rough childhood from the start, the boy was placed with "family friends" as soon as he was born and then experienced abuse and neglect in that home. When he was removed from the situation, he was placed in a separate foster home apart from the other children who he already knew as brother and sister. When Barbara joined the case, it seemed like he would never be adopted. The boy has a genetic disorder which creates learning disabilities and medical issues. He has experienced many changes in life, including multiple social workers, foster families and 4 different schools.
Luckily, the same foster family who took in the boy's "siblings" kept them in contact with each other and eventually asked to also take in the young boy, despite his health and educational difficulties. They are now on the path to adopting him and Barbara has been there every step of the way. She has attended meetings with the adoptive parents at his new school, helped to advocate for medical testing to confirm his genetic disorder, and increased his medical and dental care. As a CASA advocate, Barbara is now showing the adoptive parents how they can begin advocating for the boy and helping connect them to the services he needs. With Barbara's help they have increased the frequency of occupational and speech therapy appointments and worked with the school to change his IEP (Individual Education Plan.)  The adoptive parents have told Barbara, "When we call you it's like calling a friend. We know that if you don't have the answers, you'll get them."
Barbara says she has seen a big change in the boy since finding a permanent, loving home and receiving the services he needs. She says "He's a happy happy guy." The other day as she was leaving a home visit she heard him yelling "Wait! Wait!" at her. When she got out of the car he ran up, wrapped his arms around her and said "I forgot to give you a hug."
Barbara will continue her advocacy for the boy and her work with the adoptive parents to make sure this child can continue to be happy and healthy even after he is no longer in the foster care system. 

Upcoming Events
Here's what's happening at CASA in June:
Information Session: Saturday, June 4, 9:00-10:00 a.m. CASA Office.
Information Session: Wednesday, June 8, 6:15-7:15 p.m. CASA Office.
Madera Small Group Meeting: Wednesday, June 8, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Madera DSS Admin. Office.
Journey of Hope 13-18 Small Group Meeting: Thursday, June 9, 6:15-8:15 p.m. CASA Office. 
Continuing Education Class: Thursday, June 16, 6:15-8:15 p.m. CASA Office.
Journey of Hope 0-5 Small Group Meeting: Wednesday, June 22, 5:15-8:15 p.m. CASA office.
Recruiting Team informational meeting: Thursday, June 30, 6:00-7:00 p.m. CASA Office. 

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