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The Juvenile Law Institute presenters on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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June
14

The Juvenile Law Institute presenters on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, UCSD Medical School Professor Ken Jones, M.D., and Andy Torzon, a therapist who works with him, have volunteered to provide virtual training to judges, social workers, probation officers, CASAs and other groups on this important topic.

FASDs impact 1 in 20 newborns and are twice as common as Autism Spectrum Disorder.  A very high percentage of FASD youth encounter the juvenile justice system, including a staggering 61% of adolescents.

Learn more by watching this 16-minute video:

Parent & Youth Helpline Now Available

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May
27

The California Department of Social Services is supporting Parents Anonymous in the launch of the new California Parent and Youth Helpline, which provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are requesting your assistance in promoting the helpline by sharing the below information with your contacts and placing the logo on relevant websites:

The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages. For more information, visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.org/

Thank you for your efforts to spread awareness of this valuable resource!

E-cigarettes & Vaping

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March
14

E-cigarettes are exploding in popularity, and are being used by both adolescents and adults. They are not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.

E-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, pod systems, e-hookah, or vaping devices, are products that produce an aerosolized mixture containing flavored liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes can resemble traditional tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or common gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens.

These are a couple of resources with more information of what they are and how you may support your youth as a CASA volunteer.

Power point presentation from Petaluma City Schools: Vapes, Dabs, Juuls…Oh My!

Facts about E-cigarettes and vaping from the American Academic of Pediatrics

 

The Science of Neglect

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January
31

Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more lasting harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. This edition of the InBrief series explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation. This 6-minute video provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

InBrief: The Science of Neglect

The Juvenile Dependency Court Process

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November
1

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

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August
30

 

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

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May
23

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

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April
11

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!