October 2021 | CASA for Children
October Continuing Education Opportunities
Break out the pumpkins! Here are some brand new continuing education opportunities for October brought to you by CASA and our community partners.

Reminder: Record all of your training hours on the Continuing Education Tracking Form.
CASA Group Supes
Washington County Group Supe 
Monday, October 4th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
Topic: CASA check in/Case staffing. Please talk to your Washington County supervisor about how to attend.

Columbia County Group Check-in
October 26th at 5:30 pm
Please talk to your Columbia County supervisor about how to attend.
Presented by National CASA
The Relationships Between Poverty and Child Welfare and the Role of Intervention Strategies

A growing evidence base suggests that early childhood poverty, income, and employment might be a root cause of involvement with child protective services. As young children stand to benefit the most from early intervention, these findings imply that income relief might increase child safety as well.
After describing the historical trends in poverty, income, and employment, we will examine more closely the growing body of empirical and theoretical scientific literature and the specific policies and interventions that provide the scaffolding for universal maltreatment prevention. Presenter: Dr. Jessica Pac, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work

Learning Objectives:
  • Obtain a high-level understanding of the theoretical and empirical evidence demonstrating the importance of early childhood investments
  • Understand the trends in poverty and child maltreatment over time
  • Learn about the causal evidence linking poverty and income to maltreatment
  • Identify the key prevention policies and programs
Presented by our Community Partners

Swindells Resource Center Presents: Transitioning to Adulthood: Navigating your Adolescent’s Future Services and Supports

Join Alisha Langford, ChSNC, Special Needs Planner, Abeona Group, for this virtual presentation of an overview of programs that can help support your youth and how best to navigate the complexities within these programs. 

The YWCA presents: Social Justice Training: Teen Dating Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an issue that affects all genders, cultures, socioeconomic classes, and ages. This training will help participants become more familiar with some of the ways that intimate partner violence uniquely affects young people, including middle- and high school-aged youth. We will discuss teen dating violence and address how we can work to achieve a brighter future: a future where dating violence does not exist.

Shoulder to Shoulder Virtual Conference registration is officially open!

The Shoulder to Shoulder Conference is a multi-disciplinary conference that provides professional training to establish cross-system dialogue and collaboration and to build stronger partnerships on behalf of children in the child welfare system.

We have 6 captivating and informative speakers, including: Corey Best, Dr. Ira Chasnoff, Renae Dupuis, Hilary Weaver, Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Lieker, and ODHS Deputy Director Aprille Flint-Gerner.
Settle in with a Book!
A gripping and emotional novel that will leave you wondering about the neighbors next door...

On a cold January night, Sharon Lemke heads outside to see a lunar eclipse when she notices something odd at the house behind her backyard. Through her neighbor's kitchen window, she sees what appears to be a little girl washing dishes late at night. But the Fleming family doesn't have a child that age, and even if they did, why would she be doing housework at this late hour?
It would be easy for Sharon to just let this go, but when eighteen-year-old Niki, a former foster child (WHO HAD A CASA) comes to live with Sharon, she notices suspicious activity at the Flemings' house as well. When calling social services doesn't result in swift action, the two decide to investigate on their own.

*Please note that this great fictional read will have to be for the benefit of enjoyment, and not for Continuing Education credit.