CASA Jefferson is currently hiring an Advocate Supervisor. Advocate Supervisors assist in the recruitment, selection, training, assignment and evaluation of CASA volunteers and supervising their work with assigned youth; preparing files for Court; advising the Judge and/or other program staff on cases assigned to CASA; preparing official documents; performs related work as required.
Required skills include: interpersonal, organizational, supervisory, written and oral communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, leadership, and computer/technology. Awareness of community resources available to foster children and knowledge about current foster care, child abuse, and child advocacy issues is also needed. An Advocate Supervisor II should be energetic, self-motivated, flexible, goal oriented, creative, and resourceful. Most importantly, they should have a sense of mission for children’s issues.
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U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has introduced the Children in Families First Act (CHIFF) emphasizing the importance of finding safe, permanent families for children in care. The act will restructure federal responsibility in intercountry adoptions to build capacity and support for other governments child welfare systems. You can learn more here.
CASA Jefferson is currently looking to fill a recruiter/trainer position. Skills necessary for success in this position include interpersonal, organizational, supervisory, written and oral communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, leadership, and computer/technology. Awareness of community resources available to foster children and knowledge about current foster care, child abuse, and child advocacy issues is also needed. A Recruiter/Trainer of CASA Jefferson should be highly energetic, enjoy public speaking and presentations, hard working, self-motivated, flexible, goal oriented, creative, and resourceful. Most importantly, they should have a sense of mission to children’s issues.
Louisiana Child Well-Being Summit:
A Developmental Framework to Serving Abused & Neglected Children & Youth
SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 16 – 17, 2014 BATON ROUGE, LA.
The social, emotional, and physical well-being of our children is crucial to the well-being of our State. Organizations and agencies throughout the country are learning more about the negative impact of abuse and neglect on health and mental health outcomes for our children and are implementing evidence-based interventions that can positively affect their well-being. In the wake of disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac, the economic downturn, and the BP Oil Spill, Louisiana families find themselves at a heightened risk for significant problems, including abuse and neglect. On April 16–17, 2014, the child welfare, legal, medical, mental health, and law-making communities will converge in the State Capital to share scientific knowledge, address the need for increased public awareness, and propose changes in policies and practices that can counteract the high level of risk for Louisiana’s children in order to socially and economically benefit the State.
Check out the latest edition of “Geaux Blue – Solutions on the Geaux for Louisiana’s Children,” featuring back to school safety tips, DCFS’ new online mandated reporter training, and more.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is reminding parents that effective August 1, parents can now relinquish a child under Louisiana’s Safe Haven law up until they are 60 days old, increased from 30 days under the previous law. 28 infants have been relinquished under the law since 2004.
“Louisiana’s designated Safe Haven facilities are any licensed hospital, public health unit, emergency medical service provider, medical clinic, fire or police station, pregnancy crisis center or child advocacy center.”
You can read more here.
Recently, National CASA and Senator Mary Landrieu joined Louisiana CASA Association (LACASA) to announce a federal grant to support recruitment and awareness of the need for CASA volunteers to advocate on behalf of youth in foster care. Funds from the grant will support recruitment through partnerships with local media so more children in Louisiana’s foster care system can be served by CASA volunteers.
To learn how you can become a CASA volunteer visit www.louisianacasa.org or call 888.567.2272.
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East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Richey received a letter from US Senator Mary Landrieu praising the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, the Louisiana Public Defenders Office, the Louisiana Juvenile & Family Court Judges Association, Louisiana District Judge Association, Louisiana CASA, and Louisiana Supreme Court Court Improvement Program for putting together a collaborative training to further educate everyone involved in the child welfare system on achieve the best outcomes for children in foster care.
In the letter she stated, “these trainings allow participants to discuss issues specific to the area of foster care and create realistic action steps to resolve the issues faced by both those in the legal system and the children and families involved in the process. This effort emphasizes the efforts of all stakeholders in the child welfare system to recognize and address problems in the field.”
Thank you Senator Landrieu!
“With summer temperatures consistently in the mid 90s across Louisiana, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers to take extra precautions with summer safety, particularly regarding the risks of heat stroke and drowning. Since 1989, DCFS has investigated 22 deaths of children suffering from hyperthermia, or heat stroke. The deaths were the result of a child being left in a car or climbing into a vehicle and becoming trapped.”
You can read the full press release here.
In St. Mary, there are 45 active volunteers serving 85 foster children, according to Robin Hedge, Executive Director of CASA of the 16th JDC. There are 210 children in foster care in the area covered by the 16th judicial district which is St. Mary, Iberia and St. Martin parishes.
To find out more about becoming a CASA volunteer in your local area click here.