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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 memberservices@casaforchildren.org.

We thank Rebecca Grossman for pioneering the podcasts for National CASA and we look forward to bringing more educational and informative topics to the CASA/GAL network with new upcoming podcasts with Sybil Turner.  Click on the link below to hear what topics you can look forward to.  In the meantime, we encourage you to search the podcast library for any topics that you might have missed.  If there are topics that you would like to hear more about, please email your ideas to sybilt@casaforchildren.org

Direct download: Final_Podcast_Transition_Message.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm PDT

This podcast is an interview with Syeda Naqvi from CASA of Cook County in which she discusses the importance of a youth's health and its effects on their well being in the future.

Direct download: yhealthfinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 8:42am PDT

This interview is a follow up to the podcast "Autism Spectrum Disorder." It is the story of a volunteer from Coweta CASA, Inc. in Newnan, GA, who advocated for a child diagnosed with autism. You will hear what resources she used and recommendations she made in order to ensure the best possible outcome for the child she served.

Direct download: MindyFinal.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT

The latest edition of "A Question of Balance" is a must-have for every person in our CASA/GAL network, if not for every person who works in child welfare. The book brings together all the pieces of the puzzle we work in and focuses in on what is truly important when decisions are being made. In this podcast Janet Ward, National CASA regional program officer and author of "A Question of Balance", talks about the latest edition of this book.

Direct download: AQOBFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35am PDT

In this podcast, foster care alumna Lauren Mueller describes how her relationship with her CASA volunteer advocate, Stephanie, changed the way she looked at herself and, ultimately, gave her the motivation and confidence to pursue her goals and dreams. This audio presentation is from the closing session of the 2011 National CASA conference in Chicago, IL.

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

Stacy Shook, a board certified behavior analyst and the director of Northwest Behavioral Associates in Seattle, WA, discusses autism spectrum disorder, how it may be treated, and possible services for children and their caregivers.

Direct download: ASDFINALSS.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 1:33pm PDT

Stephen McCrea, CASA Supervisor with CASA for Children in Portland, OR, talks about the history of mental health treatment of foster youth, including the introduction of psychotropic medications, their use now and what a CASA/GAL volunteer should know when working with medicated youth. Before working with the CASA program, McCrea was a crisis counselor and a residential counselor for youth.

Direct download: SMPDFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am PDT

In this podcast Monica Boguki, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, discusses issues around families living in poverty, their battle to get out of poverty, and ways a CASA/GAL volunteer advocate can assist these families.

Direct download: MonicaFinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

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