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1 March 2018
For CASA volunteers
2018 Evening to Foster Dreams Gala
Tickets and sponsorship are now available for our 6th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams, to be held at the Beverly Hilton on April 18th, 2018. We are always looking for event volunteers, so if you are interested in helping us at our largest and most important fundraiser, please contact Simone Sterling at .
We are also in need of donations for our auction, so please reach out to friends, colleagues, and business partners to ask for items such as gift certificates or interested products and experiences that we can auction off to help achieve our fundraising goal.
Donation forms can be found here . Tickets and sponsorship can be purchased here .
Thank you for your support!

Continuing Education Hours Opportunity
Pasadena City College has free classes such as Mental Health First Aid, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Healing from Vicarious Trauma, DCFS Roundtable, Preparing Your Child for College, and more that will count for continuing education hours! For more information on classes and schedules, please visit their website here .
Keep in mind that CASA volunteers are required by law to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education every year.

Help Us Hold Their Hands
Please join us for our Antelope Valley/Santa Clarita Valley fundraising benefit Help Us Hold Their Hands on Friday, May 4th from 5:00pm-10:00pm. We are exciting to be honoring High Desert Medical Group, Brenda Robinson with Children's Law Center, and Damien Rosen, County Counsel. We are also awarding our very own CASA volunteers, Lynette Crawford and Carolyn Olsen, with the CASA Outstanding Advocate Award for their tireless service and dedication to CASA and the children they serve. Please visit our website for detailed information and to purchase tickets and sponsorship. Have questions? Wish to donate to the silent auction? Please contact Dayna Rodriguez at 661.723.2272 or .

ETO Corner

Need help with ETO or how to fill out forms in ETO? Please refer to the updated Advocate Handbook or join us at our weekly walk-in ETO clinics every Tuesday from 12pm-2pm in our Monterey Park office!

For ETO assistance, please contact Josh Saxelby-Valle at or 323-859-2888 x.6354 or Jessica Vallejo at or 323-859-2888 x.6396.
CASA Connections
Casual, positive get-togethers organized by CASAs, for CASAs

Stay tuned! CASA Connections to come!
CASA Book Clubs

Coastline Book Group
Where: CASA's home in Santa Monica
RSVP for the address
When: March 21st, 2018 at 1:30pm
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Winger
Contact: Julie Engleman at
New News
Maegan Mattock, Director of Advocacy
We'd like to introduce CASA/LA's new director of advocacy, Maegan Mattock. Maegan has been with CASA for over two years and has served the organization as both an advocate supervisor and an advocacy team manager. Maegan holds a master's degree in social welfare from UCLA, where she specialized in child welfare practice. Prior to coming to CASA, Maegan has served the community as a social worker with DCFS and as a social worker supporting survivors of domestic violence. Maegan can be reached at 323.859.2888 x.6310 and , or at her sole standing desk in the office.
Jeremy Remy, Training Manager
Entering his third year at CASA of Los Angeles, Jeremy Remy has accepted a new role as training manager. Jeremy looks forward to further making use of his training experiences, master's degrees in communication and curriculum development, and passion for working with volunteers. Jeremy is currently one of the staff members housed at our San Fernando CASA satellite office, in Reseda. Stop by the SFV office to see our new space, exchange yummy vegan recipes, and share your brilliant ideas on new in-services you'd like to attend in the future!
Upcoming In-Services

You can download handouts from the in-services by going to our website and clicking on the " FOR ADVOCATES " tab!

Tuesday, March 08, 2018
Monterey Park office

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Monterey Park office

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
San Fernando Valley office

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Antelope Valley office

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
San Fernando Valley office

Thursday, April 12, 2018
San Fernando Valley office

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Monterey Park office

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Monterey Park office
For CASA youth
Scholars Program at United Friends of the Children
The Scholars Program will engage foster youth in one-on-one relationships with counselors, help them grow through career development and enrichment, and persist with support through difficult circumstances. United Friends of the Children is seeking referrals for LA County foster youth in grades 7-8, grade 10, and community college students who plan to transfer to a 4-year college within two years. Please contact Carol Giron at or 213.580.1850 for more information.

Akeraman Academic Excellence Scholarship
The 2018 Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship program application is now available. A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to an outstanding former foster youth who has demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement. We encourage you to consider nominating an outstanding young adult who has spent time in foster care and is interested in pursuing higher education. The deadline is March 9th, 2018. Please email if you have any questions!

LGBTQ+ Teen Group at the STAR Clinic
Resiliency describes one's ability to overcome stressors and handle tough situations. The LGBTQ+ Teen Group, for teens ages 14-17, builds on teens' strengths and teaches new skills to manage stress. Teens will learn how to build strong and supportive relations, improve communication with family and trusted supports, solve common challenges, manage difficult feelings, and increase enjoyment and self-care. Please contact Natalie Ramos and Liz Ollen at or 310-825-0385.

Camp Bob Waldorf
Camp Bob Waldorf is a residential camp for campers ages 9-15 that fosters growth and development in a fun and safe environment. Campers live in a cabin with their peers and trained counselors, and spend the majority of their day experiencing new camp activities such as swimming, archery, high ropes course, hiking, ranch animal care, and arts and crafts. Financial aid is available! For more information, please visit their website or reach out to your advocate supervisor!
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