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
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call 1-800-985-5900 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746.
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.
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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!
Check out this great resource for your readers who are interested in continuing their education through an online college, the most affordable online colleges of 2017.
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.
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.
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
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!
- 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.