New resources added to our CASA of Sonoma County website

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September
18

Take a look at the new resources added to our Useful Links area on Transition into Adulthood and Wellness. You may find the resources under the “Advocate Resources” tab and “Useful Links” or by clicking on this link.

Guide to college for LGBTQ students

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April
26

Choosing a college is a daunting task for any first-time student, but for LGBTQ students, it can be downright terrifying. A whopping 13.4% of LGBTQ high school students who report frequent verbal harassment plan on not attending college, and 20% of all currently enrolled college students report fearing for their physical safety due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. In response, many universities are taking steps to fight back for their most vulnerable students, but understanding what to look for in a school is still difficult.

Affordable Colleges created a guide to college for LGBTQ students to help with advocating for LGBTQ youth. The guide includes actionable strategies to assess a school on its inclusivity and programs to help make the transition to college easier for LGBTQ students.

 

2017 Student Guide to Online Education

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April
2

Since weathering the rise and fall of some for-profit online colleges, distance education is now an accepted and important option for students who need to balance the responsibilities of work and family. Public and private colleges across the country understand that online classrooms have opened up access to students who may have thought college was out of reach. With a growing marketplace, however, prospective students now face the challenge of choosing a program that meets their needs.

Late last year, BestColleges.com surveyed over 300 administrators and 1,500 students to gain more insight into the online education experience. These surveys were used to create this 2017 Student Guide to Online Education. The report serves to help students:

• Decide if online education is the right choice for them.
• Understand what to expect from an online program.
• Choose the best online program to meet their needs

Immigration Issues and CASA Advocacy in California

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March
20

Sacramento Capitol_CASA Advocacy and Lobbying

In California, CASA volunteers, “represent the best interests of the children involved, and consider the best interests of the family.” Therefore these FAQs are written from that perspective, in order to help CASA volunteers in California advocate for children and youth affected by immigration law and policy.

Review this document to learn more!

March
19

CASA of Sonoma County is the official charity partner of the 2017 IPA 10K Sebastopol
CASA of Sonoma County is the official charity partner of the 2017 IPA 10K Sebastopol

CASA of Sonoma County is pleased to have the opportunity to be the official charity partner of the new 2017 IPA 10K Sebastopol provided by Destination Races.  The race begins and ends in at the Barlow Event Center in Sebastopol on April 15th and some of the proceeds will be given to our program. Check this link out!

Many times we are asked: “I am too busy to be a CASA right now, but is there anything I can do to help? I would love to help CASA but cannot be a CASA volunteer right now.”

Well, this might be a good match for you. As a way to support the event, we are asked to provide them with volunteers and in return they will be willing to donate to CASA. It gives us an exciting opportunity for marketing, PR and fundraising. The more visual we are the more people know about us. And that means more awareness of foster youth and their needs.

I hope you will help us by following this link and signing up. Every volunteer shift will raise $50 to CASA. We currently need 125 volunteers. I am excited to get involved allowing us to raise more funds to recruit more CASA volunteers which means more children served.

Community For Accredited Online Schools

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December
15

Community For Accredited Online Schools has compiled four guides to help find financial aid resources. Their goal with these guides is to inform students of their options and how to make college affordable. Check the following below:
Accredited Online Schools Financial Aid Guide
Accredited Online Schools Guide to Affordable Colleges
Accredited Online Colleges That Offer Laptops

Community for Accredited Online Schools is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education.

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Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

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November
30

Help us provide 20 foster children with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

For an abused or neglected foster child, a Court Appointed Special Advocate – CASA volunteer, is someone who listens, observes, and reports. Someone who speaks up for the child by reaching out to the professionals involved. A CASA is someone whose sole mission is to clear a path for the child as they travel through the complexities of an overburdened child welfare system.

 

Support CASA of Sonoma County

Help us reach every foster child in need of a voice!

For 20 years, CASA of Sonoma County has recruited, trained, and supervised CASAs who have advocated for the rights and well-being of Sonoma County’s foster children in the courtroom, in school, and in the community. CASA is a non-profit organization committed to serving abuse, neglected and abandoned children who come before the Juvenile Court for protection. CASA is a unique, one of a kind program in Sonoma County. We are a citizen-driven organization which is legally recognized by the Sonoma County Juvenile Court.

As we celebrate our 20th year anniversary, our #GivingTuesday goal this year is to raise $20,000 in 24 hrs! A $20,000 investment in CASA of Sonoma County’s mission will provide 20 foster children with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

It costs approximately $1,000 to recruit, train and match a volunteer with a child in the system. All funds received by CASA are put to immediate use with only 18% used for administrative costs.

As you consider investing in your community on the biggest philanthropic day of the year, keep our Sonoma County foster children at heart.

 

Two New College Planning Resources for Foster Youth

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September
19

Two new resources are now available to assist foster youth to plan for college. Add these to your professional toolkit today!!

California College Pathways website for students

California College Pathways (CCP) has launched a brand new college planning website specifically for foster youth. The website is designed to be youth-friendly and contains information about college planning, matriculation, financial aid, housing and more. The student website also hosts a searchable database of foster youth support programs at colleges and universities across the state.

Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide

An all new version of the CCP Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide has been published with updated grade-by-grade planning checklists, resource lists and general information to help youth from the 6th grade on to start taking the steps necessary to set themselves up for success.

College Affordability Guide

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August
29

This is information on a new site http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/ that helps California students save money on their education.

Their methodology http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/methodology/ is based on the idea that paying income-appropriate tuition, completing one’s studies, and being able to pay back one’s loans are the key elements of a worthwhile college experience.

The California page, which also covers loans and scholarships, and advice on how to save money while going to college in California, can be found at http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/schools/california/. They also cover California colleges’ online offerings at http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/schools/california/online-colleges-in-california/.

CASA volunteers help our foster youth get into college

Newsletters

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August
29

CASA Feedback Newsletter – “Connecting our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program to our CASA Volunteers”

Summer & Back to School 2016 CASA Feedback Newsletter
CASA Feedback – Summer 2016

Spring 2014 CASA Feedback Newsletter – Special Edition Transitional Age Youth
CASA Feedback Special Edition – Transitional Age Youth

Winter 2013/2014 CASA Newsletter – Holiday Fun & Resources for the Season
Holiday Fun & Resources for the Season!

Spring 2013 CASA Feedback Newsletter
Newsletter PDF

Fall 2011 CASA Feedback Newsletter
Newsletter PDF

Summer 2009: Educational Advocacy
Newsletter PDF
Educational Needs Questionnaire for Foster Youth.doc**

Spring 2009: Transitioning Youth
Newsletter PDF

(“Events, Training & Opportunities” will be issued bi-monthly.)

Spring (March-April) 2013
Events, Training & Opportunities Mar/Apr 2013 PDF

Summer (May-June) 2013
Events, Training & Opportunities May/June 2013 PDF

CASA Connection Newsletter – “Connecting our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program to our community”

Summer 2016 CASA Connection Newsletter
CASA Connection Summer 2016

Summer 2014 CASA Connection Newsletter
CASA Connection Summer 2014

Summer 2013 CASA Connection Newsletter
CASA Connection Summer 2013

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