2018 | CASA

The Juvenile Dependency Court Process

Take a journey through the California Juvenile Dependency Court system. Travel this interactive and powerful story!

CASA volunteers, as always, will perform duties and responsibilities as determined by the judge and that’s why it is so important that they understand the Juvenile Dependency Court process to better advocate for the children’s best interests.

Resources in Response to Extreme Weather


In response to the wildfires, flooding, and extreme heat happening across the United States, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families and communities. The following resources may be relevant depending on what is happening in your area:

For Responding to Wildfires:
Parent Guidelines for Helping Children Impacted by Wildfires (En Español)
Wildfires: Tips for Parents on Media Coverage (En Español)
Trinka and Sam: The Big Fire (e-book for young children; En Español)
• For providers working with firefighters, take the Helping Heroes web-based training

To Help Children and Families Cope with any Extreme Weather Event:
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents when Evacuating or Playing Outside is Limited
After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. An online training course for PFA is available on  NCTSN Learning Center. PFA Handouts include:
• Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers (En Español)
• Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers (En Español)
• Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children (En Español)
• Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents (En Español)

For additional information
• On wildfires: https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/wildfire-resources
• On extreme heat: https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/extreme-heat-resources
• On floods: https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/flood-resources

NCTSN Mobile Apps (for Android and Apple mobile devices):
Help Kids Cope
PFA Mobile

Disaster Helpline
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call 1-800-985-5900 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746.

Mental Health Awareness Month & Foster Care

Recent studies suggest that up to 80% of children in foster care have significant mental health issues compared to approximately 18%-22% of children in the general population. Most youth in foster care have traumatic family histories and life experiences that result in an increased risk for mental health issues. Unfortunately, there is a lack of comprehensive mental health screenings for all children who enter care. A CASA volunteer helps cope with difficult situations and has an obligation to monitor a child’s evolving mental health care needs.

It’s HARD for youth to talk about mental health issues, The Players Tribune may help a youth feel a little less alone. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalHealthMatters #breakthestigma

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Children and families thrive when they have access to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Policies and programs that are supportive of children and families can prevent child abuse and neglect and other early adversity. CDC works to better understand the problem of child abuse and neglect and to prevent it before it begins.

Learn more by following this link!

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