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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National CASA's CEO Michael Piraino shares his thoughts on how our network's advocacy changes the lives of the children we serve, which ultimately changes the world.
Direct download: MPFinalChangeWorld.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 7:23am PDT

Former foster youth Angel Adams tells her story of her racial and ethnic journey while in foster care.  Angel is a member of Facing Foster Care in Alaska, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of National CASA's Connection magazine.

Direct download: AngelAdams_Final.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 10:58am PDT

Volunteer advocate Joe Sternberg tells the story of his experience as a CASA volunteer.

Direct download: Jo_Sternberg_Final.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 9:49am PDT

Retired Judge Dean Lewis, editor of The Judges' Page newsletter, shares her perspective on the importance of the work of CASA/GAL volunteers in the courtroom.

 

Direct download: Dean_Interview_Judges_Page_Final.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 9:42am PDT

Four Iowa program staff members discuss the requirements, challenges and rewards of CASA work.
Direct download: iowa.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:30pm PDT

Ryan Whitfill, a volunteer with Dallas CASA, shares his experiences as a new advocate.
Direct download: Ryan.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 4:06pm PDT

Susanne Smith, program director at the Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program in Minneapolis, talks about the history of our network.
Direct download: smith.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:56pm PDT

Joni Tamalonis, National CASA's evaluation specialist, talks about adopting her daughter.
Direct download: adoption.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:52pm PDT

Lorine Hall, a volunteer from Anchorage, AK, discusses the value she finds in being an advocate.
Direct download: lorine.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:44pm 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.
Direct download: kris.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:32pm PDT

Dee Horn, a CASA volunteer from Atlanta, GA, describes his first case and offers advice to new volunteers.
Direct download: dee.mp3
Category:Stories From the Network -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT

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