Newsletter - October 2022
Our Mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect through volunteers advocating for safe, nurturing, and permanent homes for foster children in our community.
Our Vision is to have volunteers recruited, trained, and assigned to every child in the foster care system in Jefferson Parish.
If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming a volunteer have them call our office (504 533-8757) or email Ms. Margaret. As of October 1, 2022, we have 25 children waiting for a volunteer to advocate for them.
CASA Jefferson hosted our 1st Advocate Appreciation Celebration since COVID on August 17, 2022!
Without our amazing CASA Jefferson Advocate volunteers, we wouldn't be able to accomplish our mission of advocating for the best interest of Jefferson Parish abused and neglected children in foster care.
We appreciate everyone!
CASA JEFFFERSON ADVOCATE APPRECIATION EVENT AUGUST 17, 2022
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is designed to unify women and men all across the world who have been victims of domestic violence. It is important to recognize that domestic violence impacts millions of people, and it’s not only women who are victims; many men suffer domestic violence as well. It is a problem across every status, culture, religion, and race. There are many different forms of domestic violence as well, which is why raising awareness is so critical.
Signs You Are In An Abusive Relationship
A lot of people do not realize that they are in an abusive relationship. Here are some of the signs that you could be in an abusive relationship that you need to get out of…
A lot of women and men suffer from emotional abuse, and it is no less destructive. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often overlooked or minimized, even by those experiencing this.
Emotional abusers look to chip away at your feelings of independence and self-worth. You can end up feeling like you do not have anything without your abusive partner or that there is no way out of your relationship.
Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse. This includes controlling behavior, intimidation, isolation, shaming, blaming, name-calling, and yelling. Abusers who use psychological or emotional abuse will often throw about threats of physical violence, as well as other repercussions if you do not do what they demand.
The scars of emotional abuse run deep, and they are very real! You may assume that physical abuse is a lot worse, as people can end up with physical wounds and send you to the hospital. However, emotional abuse can be just as damaging. Sometimes, it can even be worse
Financial abuse is one of the subtler forms of emotional abuse. Some examples of this include:
What are the short-term effects of Domestic Violence on children?
Children in homes where one parent is abused may feel fearful and anxious. They may always be on guard, wondering when the next violent event will happen.3 This can cause them to react in different ways, depending on their age:
What are the long-term effects of Domestic Violence on children?
More than 15 million children in the United States live in homes in which domestic violence has happened at least once.5 These children are at greater risk for repeating the cycle as adults by entering into abusive relationships or becoming abusers themselves.
You can help your children by:
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S ALMOST THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
IT’S TIME FOR OUR CASA JEFFERSON KIDS TO FILL OUT THEIR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST!
Your supervisor will be providing you with a wish list for your CASA Jefferson child to fill out. There are 2 different wish lists - one is for children 12 and under and the other is for children 13 and over. Please have your CASA child, foster parent and/or parent complete the correct wish list and return to you ASAP. Other children in the home who are not CASA children should NOT fill out a wish list. Also, don’t forget to set the expectation that every item wished for - may not be received.
ALL COMPLETED WISH LISTS ARE DUE BACK TO YOUR SUPERVISOR BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
All gifts will be held at our office until foster parents and/or parents are notified to pick them up. As soon as pick up dates and times are finalized, all advocates will be notified.
Our hope is that since we are getting an early start, most of the gifts will come in earlier than in years past, so that our kids can hopefully receive their gifts by early December. Lastly, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your supervisor.
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
Bullying is when a person is picked on over and over again by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing. Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, decreased academic achievement and they are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
Here are some things you can do to combat psychological and verbal bullying.
Ignore the bully and walk away. Bullies thrive on the reaction they get, and if you walk away or ignore hurtful emails or instant messages, you’re telling the bully that you just don’t care.
Hold the anger. That’s exactly the response he or she is trying to get, and want to know they have control over your emotions.
Don’t get physical. Not only are you showing your anger, but you also can never be sure what the bully will do in response. You are more likely to be hurt and get into trouble if you use violence against a bully.
Practice confidence. Practice ways to respond to the bully verbally or through your behavior. Practice feeling good about yourself.
Talk about it. It may help to talk to a guidance counselor, teacher, or friend — anyone who can give you the support you need. Talking can be a good outlet for the fears and frustrations that can build when you’re being bullied.
Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. They can:
OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS CASA VOLUNTEERS
OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES CASA VOLUNTEERS
You can raise money for (CASA Jefferson) non-profit organizations you care about on Facebook for your Birthday??
Listed below is a sample message your Facebook Friends will see when you set up a fundraiser:
“For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to CASA Jefferson. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I've included information about CASA Jefferson below.”
How do I create a fundraiser on Facebook?
You’ll see a screen pop up where you can invite your friends to donate to your fundraiser, share your fundraiser in your feed, or donate to the fundraiser yourself.