December 2018 | In This Issue

We would like to extend our warmest of
wishes to you and your family for this holiday season!    
Sincerely, the CAS Staff  

Behavior Challenges During the Holidays

Do you notice changes in your children's behavior around the holidays? Does there seem to be more whining? More demanding? More attitude? It can be disenchanting to try to get to everything on your to do list amidst the emotional roller-coaster ride on which our children seem to hop.

So what inspires children to purchase a ticket to this metaphor? There is no one answer. In truth, there are lots of little and big things that affect the way children behave (or misbehave) this time of year. Many entrances to our allegorical ride, if you will.

The holidays are a time of disrupted routines. While this is usually exciting for children,   it is also taxing. Anticipation of presents, relatives coming into town, travel, candy, distracted parents, snow... there are many things causing them to run around the living room. There are also more opportunities to stay up later, consume unhealthy foods, miss out on rest times, jump from one event to another (family dinners, children's concerts, shopping and other traditions) and, for many children the added reminders (or threats) that if they do not listen, Santa will be getting a call.

So what can you do? Click here for some tips to help. A little preparation on your part can go a long way.


Congratulations on Our Newest Adoptions!

 
Left: Congratulations, Aubrey!  Advocate, Asayo Dvorak, was assigned to this little lady for a year and a half and is a truly inspiring advocate.
 
Right: With the help of their wonderful CASA volunteer,  Jennifer Nelson Buras , these three amazing children were officially adopted into their forever home. 

 
Left: Aaliyah found her forever home! Thank you to Judge Sterling Snowdy for officiating her adoption and to Ms. Ivy Mathieu, Aaliya's CASA volunteer.

Right: Lawson was officially adopted into his forever home. A huge thank you to Judge Thomas Kliebert for officiating his adoption and to his CASA volunteer, Sandi Gaudin. 
Child Advocacy Services CASA volunteers
helped 23 children find safe,  permanent homes in November through adoption or reunification.

CASA VOLUNTEER TRAININGS
Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa - January 3rd
Ascension, Assumption and St. James - January 10th
St. John and St. Charles - February 11th

Thank You For Your Dedication and Commitment. 
Happy CASA Anniversary!
      Elsie J. - 14 years
Jeanette M. - 9 years Marlo N. - 2 years
      Dawn O. - 11 years Sinead H. - 3 years Meghan H. - 2 years
      Allen B. - 9 years
Jynika M. - 2 years Kailyn O. - 1 year
Congratulations and Welcome To Our Newest CASA Advocates! 

   
 Cindy Brown (left) and  Barbara Nemerovsky (right)
were both sworn in by Judge Blair Edwards. 

 Child Advocacy Services would like to  recognize
 all of our wonderful CASA volunteers for your 
dedication and amazing work in 2018.

We look forward to working with you in 2019 for another incredible year bringing voice, healing, and security to children.



Remember to keep your CASA Volunteer file up-to-date with your current
auto insurance card, driver's license, and contact information
And remember to visit your CASA child face-to-face at least   once a month.
This time of year always causes me to reflect on the past year. Looking back, the CAC program has accomplished so many goals in reaching more families than ever before. We could not give Voice, Healing, and Security to all children and families without such wonderful supporters like yourself. We mean this sincerely when we say THANK YOU!!!

With our gratitude, we hope you also find joy and happiness during these holiday seasons. However, we acknowledge this time of year can be difficult for many. Whether you are reminded of the loss of a loved one, endure financial stress, or cannot find the time to relax, remember the Children's Advocacy Center is here to support you and your family. If you or someone you know could use help, please call one of our local regional offices to receive a list of community resources. But in the meantime, you could also try some of these helpful tips to relax and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas! See the tips here.

Are you enjoying these informational topics? Have a suggestion? Please contact either Ashleigh Fuller afuller@childadv.net or Marcy Willett mwillett@childadv.net to let them know.
Season of Giving

While shopping for the loved ones on your Christmas list, consider giving a gift of  Voice Healing , and  Security  to children in your community.  Gifts to Child Advocacy Services can be made as an honor, tribute, or recognition of a friend or family member. 



Your gift will make a  life-changing impact on the lives of children. 


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