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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.

This podcast takes a closer look at the most recent revision of the National CASA Standards for Local CASA/GAL Programs.  Listen to Shelley Morgan, Sybil Turner and Melissa Protzek discuss the importance of the standards and quality assurance process and talk about some of the reasons behind the most recent revisions.

Direct download: StandardsQA_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm PDT

Glenn and Sherri Eckhardt were named the 2012 Florida GAL Volunteers of the Year.  Hear how this husband and wife team has also partnered with other GAL volunteers to more effectively serve on complex cases and form lifelong bonds while ensuring that the basic needs of children in foster care are met.

Direct download: Eckhardts_mixdown.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 11:26am PDT

Judge Louis A. Trosch Jr. of the 26th Judicial District in Mecklenburg County, NC, has done extensive work both personally and professionally to address issues of racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Hear Judge Trosch talk about the work he has done and offer ways to address these issues in your own community.

Direct download: Disproportionality_JudgeTroschFINALmixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm PDT

In the Fall 2012 issue of the Connection magazine, Judge Joyce Williams Warren of Little Rock, AR, shared her advice to CASA volunteers on working with their judge.  In this interview, hear Judge Warren talk about why CASA volunteers are so important, as well as provide insight in working with both younger and older children in the court system.

Direct download: JudgeWarrenFINAL_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm PDT

Learn how the Flex Learning curriculum can help develop more confident and effective volunteers.  In this podcast, program coordinator, Amia Barrows describes this blended learning approach and talks about her experience implementing this new volunteer training in her community.

Direct download: Flex_Learning__FINALmixdown.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 4:12pm PDT

After spending her childhood in an abusive home and several years in the foster care system, Stephanie Holt finds strength through her work as a CASA volunteer.  In this podcast hear Stephanie share her story as she offers hope to foster youth and provides insight for all CASA volunteers.    

Direct download: Stephanie_mixdownFINAL.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 1:36pm PDT

We asked members of the National CASA network and Facebook community to describe the successful qualities of a CASA volunteer. Hear some of the responses we received.

Direct download: VolunteerAppreciation_FINAL_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

In this podcast, hear how Educational Advocacy Coordinator Jeff Perry is working to improve the educational outcomes for youth in the San Francisco CASA program and how CASA volunteers can be better advocates for the CASA youth they serve.

Direct download: FINAL_EdAdvo_mixdown.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:32pm PDT

In this podcast Dawn Rego, conference and events manager and Anthony Petrarca, training director talk about some of the workshops and events lined up for the 2012 National CASA Conference being held in Washington D.C. June 9-12.

Direct download: Final2012Conf_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm PDT

In this second installment of podcasts on The Peer Coordinator Model we talk with program staff to hear their experiences on transitioning to this model.  Megan Shultz from CASA of Lane County in Springfield, OR offers insight into the process including lessons learned and tips that she hopes will be helpful to other CASA programs considering this model.

Direct download: FINAL-Megan_mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 4:54pm PDT

In this second installment of podcasts on The Peer Coordinator Model we talk with program staff to hear their experiences on transitioning to this model.  Laurie Laughlin from Maricopa County CASA in Phoenix, AZ discusses the challenges she has experienced and the success that she has seen, especially with volunteer retention.  

Direct download: FINAL_Laurie_mixdown.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 4:33pm PDT

National CASA is working to find ways to provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one. In this podcast Michael Heaton, western regional program officer, talks about how CASA programs can maximize their resources, serve more kids and build stronger relationships with their volunteers using a peer-coordinator model.

Direct download: FINAL_Peer_Coordinator_Model_-_MH_Final_mixdown.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 10:31am PDT

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