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National CASA Podcast

Podcast LogoIn this series of interviews we provide updates from National CASA, alert you to legislative action, and share experiences from program staff, volunteers and the youth we serve. In addition, you will gain important staff and volunteer skills to help you advocate for abused and neglected children.

You can subscribe via RSS or iTunes and receive new programs as they are released. Or, you can download individual programs below by clicking on the "Download Podcast" link after each listing. And be sure to send an email with your suggestions and feedback to staff@nationalcasa.org.

Kali Scolnick, educator and intercultural consultant, discusses the importance of intercultural communication.

Direct download: Kali.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 4:04pm PDT

Jullian Holloway, state director of Arkansas, describes a male volunteer recruitment model.
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Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:21pm PDT

Jen Braun and Michelle Chalmers from Ampersand Families discuss teen adoption (second part of a two part series).
Direct download: Ampersand_Part_Two.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:19pm PDT

Jen Braun and Michelle Chalmers from Ampersand Families discuss teen adoption (first part of a two part series).
Direct download: Ampersand_Part_One.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 1:54pm PDT

Sharon Heiber from National CASA discusses the organization's Staff Inclusiveness Team.
Direct download: IOTSharon.mp3
Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT

Susanne Smith, program director at the Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program in Minneapolis, talks about the history of our network.
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Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:56pm PDT

Carmela Welte, Deputy CEO, discusses the new federal legislation Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.
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Category:Legislative Update -- posted at: 3:54pm PDT

Joni Tamalonis, National CASA's evaluation specialist, talks about adopting her daughter.
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Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:52pm PDT

Lucy Hudson of Zero to Three discusses how foster home placement can affect the development of an infant.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:51pm PDT

Janet Ward, National CASA program specialist, talks about succession planning and its importance for programs.
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Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:51pm PDT

Terene Bennett, National CASA training specialist, introduces Everyone Ready, a new training tool for program staff.
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Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 3:50pm PDT

Ken Borelli, MSW, discusses situations in which children are involved with both the child welfare and immigration systems.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 7:48am PDT

Former foster youth Amanda Metivier and Alaska State Director Marion Hallum discuss Facing Foster Care in Alaska, a foster youth advocacy program.
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Category:Youth Voices -- posted at: 3:47pm PDT

Michael Piraino, National CASA CEO, discusses the organization's strategic planning process.
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Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 3:45pm PDT

Lorine Hall, a volunteer from Anchorage, AK, discusses the value she finds in being an advocate.
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Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:44pm PDT

Carolyn Hartness discusses FASD and a CASA/GAL volunteer advocates role in ensuring a child receives the needed services.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:43pm PDT

Brian Washburn, the National CASA Training Director, introduces the Continuing Education Cookbook.
Direct download: cookbook.mp3
Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 3:42pm PDT

Alex Parks-Sudan, a child protective services worker, discusses fostering good relationships with CASA/GAL advocates.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:41pm PDT

Gwen Hurst-Anderson, state director of Nebraska CASA, discusses domestic violence and its effect on volunteer advocacy.

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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:40pm PDT

Sally Erny, National CASA chief program officer, explains the process of local programs expanding into neighboring districts.
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Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:39pm PDT

Isabel Morales, senior project associate with Casey Family Services, talks about permanent solutions for youth aging out of the foster care system.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:38pm PDT

Jessica Hildebrand shares her experience of being in foster care and emancipating out of the system.
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Category:Youth Voices -- posted at: 3:36pm PDT

Executive Director Paige Greene of Richland County CASA discusses the “CASA Quarterbacks” male volunteer recruitment model.

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Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:34pm PDT

Kathleen McNaught of the American Bar Association talks about the importance of education in the lives of children and how CASA/GAL volunteers can ensure that educational needs are being met.

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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:33pm PDT

Kris Gonzales, a staff member at National CASA and a volunteer advocate with King County Dependency CASA, talks about her work as a volunteer.
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Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:32pm PDT

Joni Tamalonis, National CASA evaluation specialist, discusses stakeholder surveys.
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Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:30pm PDT

Cynthia Chauvin, program director with Jefferson County CASA in Harvey, LA, talks about working with youth involved in both the foster care and juvenile court systems.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:28pm PDT

Veronica Montaño-Pilch from the National CASA Association introduces the organization’s new Inclusion and Outreach Committee.
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Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 3:27pm PDT

Ken Bryson from Generations United discusses kinship care.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:26pm PDT

Dee Horn, a CASA volunteer from Atlanta, GA, describes his first case and offers advice to new volunteers.
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Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT

National CASA staff members reflect on the May 2008 Forgotten Children event in Washington, DC.
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Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 3:23pm PDT

Danielle Kassow, research and development associate from Thrive by Five, discusses attachment theory in children.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:18pm PDT

Part one of our discussion of early childhood development with Danielle Kassow, research and development associate from Thrive by Five.
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Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:20pm PDT

Carmela Welte, deputy CEO of the National CASA Association, explains the pending Invest in Kids Act and its effect on the CASA/GAL network.

Direct download: carmela.mp3
Category:Legislative Update -- posted at: 3:11pm PDT

Vision For Our Network

National CASA CEO Michael Piraino shares his observations of the work of CASA/GAL programs and offers his vision for the future of our work. 

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Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 2:52pm PDT

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