Building Block Spotlight:
Being a Consistent Connection
Our focus on the CASA Building Blocks has taken a backseat the past few months as we all adjust to the rollercoaster that is 2020. We’re getting back on track with some in-depth information on our third Building Block, Being a Consistent Connection.
This Building Block
might sound simple on the surface, but as many of us have seen the past few months, having consistent visits and forming real connections can be challenging for many reasons. Particularly now, it’s OK to struggle to find creative ways to check in and grow your relationship with your assigned youth. We’re all in uncharted waters and we’re here to support you.
Benefits of This Building Block
- Benefit to the Child: A steady, reliable source of support and a person they can depend on.
- Benefit to the Advocate: Skill building in organization and planning. Satisfaction of developing a trusted bond.
- Benefit to CASA: Continued strong reputation in the community and comprehensive information about a child’s wellbeing.
Putting It in Practice
Read the following example and think about how you’d approach the situation.
You regularly saw Xavier, the 10-year-old child you advocate for, each week until March. In early March, you had to miss an important educational meeting due to being out of town. Then, you were not able to see Xavier for a week due to him being placed far away with a respite family. Then, the COVID shelter orders went into effect.
You tried to Zoom with Xavier in May but he was very distracted and constantly asked when he would have in-person visits with his mom again. Subsequent Zoom meetings have been tough too. Now that the shelter order is lifted, you could see Xavier in person yourself, and you want to, but your spouse has a health condition that makes him particularly susceptible to respiratory infection.
Some questions to consider:
How do you feel when roadblocks stand in the way of you being a consistent connection?
What are some other ways you could support Xavier and show him you are thinking about him?
How would you communicate your thoughts and feelings with your advocate supervisor and the rest of Xavier’s team?