About UsNews & EventsCASA PartnersVolunteeringWays to Give

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this podcast Jacqueline Wilson from Louisiana CASA Association discusses the importance of including the youth in the decision making process in creating their plan.


Direct download: JW_Final.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 10:54am PDT

Lynn Riemer, expert on drug manufacturing, explains the effects of methamphetamine on the families and children we serve.  Lynn was a presenter at our 2009 National CASA Conference and will be returning to speak at our 2010 National CASA Conference in Atlanta, April 16-19.

Direct download: Lynnfinal.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 2:44pm PDT

LaRae Oberloh, program manager with the Sioux Falls Area CASA Program, discusses ways a CASA/GAL volunteer can effectively advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in foster care.

Direct download: LGBTQ.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 4:10pm PDT

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

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

Lucy Hudson of Zero to Three discusses how foster home placement can affect the development of an infant.
Direct download: lucy.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:51pm PDT

Ken Borelli, MSW, discusses situations in which children are involved with both the child welfare and immigration systems.
Direct download: ken.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 7:48am PDT

Carolyn Hartness discusses FASD and a CASA/GAL volunteer advocates role in ensuring a child receives the needed services.
Direct download: fasd.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:43pm PDT

Alex Parks-Sudan, a child protective services worker, discusses fostering good relationships with CASA/GAL advocates.
Direct download: alex.mp3
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.

Direct download: gwen.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:40pm PDT

Isabel Morales, senior project associate with Casey Family Services, talks about permanent solutions for youth aging out of the foster care system.
Direct download: isabel.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:38pm 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.

Direct download: kathleen.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:33pm 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.
Direct download: cynthia.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:28pm PDT

Ken Bryson from Generations United discusses kinship care.
Direct download: kb.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:26pm PDT

Danielle Kassow, research and development associate from Thrive by Five, discusses attachment theory in children.
Direct download: Dan0609.mp3
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.
Direct download: dan.mp3
Category:Volunteer Skills -- posted at: 3:20pm PDT

The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
This Web site is funded in part through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Neither the US Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).