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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.

In this podcast we talk about bullying with Tracy Flynn, a trainer and consultant. She describes signs a child might show, the long-term effects of bullying and how you can help children who are experiencing bullying.

Direct download: TFfinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 10:16am PDT

You asked the questions, now we have the answers. Hear how National CASA's CEO stays hopeful in today's difficult economic climate and how he feels his role effect our network.

Direct download: MPQAFinal.mp3
Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 10:10am PDT

Brian Washburn, training director at National CASA, became a CASA volunteer advocate in 2007. In this interview he will explain why he became a volunteer and how this work affects his role developing the National CASA curriculum.

Direct download: BrianWVolFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm PDT

In this podcast, you will hear how CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is keeping volunteers engaged by offering ongoing training opportunities.

Direct download: jjafinal.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 2:55pm PDT

A CASA volunteer from Washington state who has both personal and professional experience dealing with families affected by developmental delays discusses how to advocate effectively either for children with developmental delays or for children whose parents have delays.

Direct download: DRFinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 2:08pm PDT

In this podcast Alicia Kinser, Program Manager, talks about the process of taking the Family Advocates CASA Program in Boise, ID, from a staff driven model to one of volunteer management.

Direct download: AliciaFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm PDT

One goal of CASA/GAL advocates is to ensure that the youth they serve visit with their biological parents. When their parents are incarcerated, this task is tricky-but certainly not impossible. In this podcast two woman who work on Project Family Connect describe the importance of the parent/child connection while discussing how advocates may overcome obstacles to facilitating meetings between children and incarcerated parents.

Direct download: IPChrisMichFinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 9:33am PDT

In this podcast, Lisa Barsky Firsker Phd., Executive Director from Morris and Sussex Counties, discusses how to work with children who are dealing with the death of a family member or other significant loss in their lives. Firsker describes services children may need and shares tips for volunteers about what they should expect from grieving children and how they can work through their own grief.

Direct download: LBFGriefFinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 2:45pm PDT

In this podcast, Suzanne Greenberg, president/CEO of CAN Council Saginaw County and member of the National CASA Board of Trustees, shares how her passion for the CASA mission inspires her efforts as a board member.

Direct download: SGFinal.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 1:19pm PDT

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)-the most common legal status available to immigrant youth-is an important consideration in a growing number of our network's cases. In this podcast, Susan Schmidt, a consultant for Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services, discusses why it is important for our volunteer advocates to be familiar with SIJS and the issues immigrant family members might encounter when adjusting to their new country. This is part two of a two-part podcast.

Direct download: SusanSFinalPartTwo.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 12:30pm PDT

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)-the most common lawful status available to immigrant youth-is an important consideration in a growing amount of our network's cases. In this podcast, Susan Schmidt, a consultant for Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services, provides an introduction to SIJS. This is part one of a two-part podcast.

Direct download: SusanSFinalPartOne.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 10:13am PDT

Lisa Barsky Firsker, PhD explains how the use of simple materials such as crayons, paper, colored pencils and markers can be a powerful way to communicate with a child. As she says: "Inside every quiet child there is a loud voice trying to get out."

Direct download: LisaBFFinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 11:37am PDT

This podcast features National CASA Association Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year Melissa Protzek of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania.

Direct download: MelissaPFinal.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 4:08pm PDT

This is the second story teller from the 2010 National CASA Conference closing general session. It is a live recording of Dee Horn from Fulton County CASA, Georgia. In this podcast Dee shares his story about his volunteer advocacy work.

 

Direct download: DHFinal.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 2:40pm PDT

At the 2010 National CASA Conference we asked four volunteer advocates from our network to share a story at our closing general session about their volunteer work. This podcast is a live recording of our first story teller Leana Lowery, a volunteer advocate from Fulton County CASA, Georgia.

Direct download: LLFinal.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:01pm PDT

At our 2010 National CASA Conference, we invited volunteers, staff, supporters and others to share their CASA/GAL stories in a story booth.  In this week's podcast, we present the first edited interview: a conversation between a youth who recently emancipated from the foster care system and a youth currently in state care.

Direct download: CandaceAshleyFinal.mp3
Category:Youth Voices -- posted at: 1:07pm PDT

Massachusetts CASA volunteer Jo-Anne Vanin explains how she views her role as a volunteer advocate and why she chooses to do this important work.

Direct download: JoAnne_Vanin_Final.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 12:50pm PDT

National CASA CEO Michael Piraino talks about how new technologies are helping members of our CASA/GAL network improve volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children.

Direct download: MP_Tech_Final.mp3
Category:National CASA Update -- posted at: 10:44am PDT

The option of placing a foster child in a family member’s home is often overlooked. In this podcast Heidi Redlich Epstein from the American Bar Association talks about the importance of kinship care and ways that the Fostering Connections legislation can increase these placements.

Direct download: HRE_Final.mp3
Category:Legislative Update -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

This is the second segment of a two-part story. In part one, we heard Michael describe his experiences in foster care. In part two, we hear from two men who helped Michael get where he is today.

Direct download: Kevin_and_Jim_Final.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 8:33am PDT

As part of National CASA's commemoration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, we asked volunteers from across the country to share their thoughts about Dr. King's legacy and its relevancy to CASA work.  This podcast is an interview with one of the volunteers who responded.
Direct download: RJ_Final.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 4:49pm PDT

This is part one of a two-part series. In this half you will hear Michael describe his experiences with the foster care system and Rhode Island CASA and share how he was able to overcome the odds. In part two you will hear from the two men who helped Michael get where he is today.

Direct download: Michael_E.mp3
Category:Youth Voices -- posted at: 3:49pm PDT

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