Dear CASA Jefferson Volunteer Advocates,
On behalf of all our team, we want to say
for your commitment to our CASA Jefferson children.
As we enter into the last month of the year, we want to make sure that
you have all the support you need to fulfill your role as an advocate.
Please reach out to your AC if you are in need of assistance
with visitations. We are highly encouraging you to conduct
visitations with your CASA child(ren) prior to the holidays.
Don’t forget to enter your notes early in December,
so that you can enjoy much needed time with your family.
Wishing you and your loved ones
a wonderful holiday season!
♥ Wendy Magee
CASA Jefferson Executive Director
CASA JEFFERSON's 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.
CASA JEFFERSON's Vision is to have volunteers
recruited, trained and assigned to every child in the
foster care system in Jefferson Parish.
New Volunteer Advocate Pre-Service Training classes are
Self-Guided and completed On-Line.
As of December 1, 2022,
we have 26 children waiting for a volunteer to advocate for them.
If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming a volunteer have them call our office (504 533-8757) or email Ms. Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overuse of Psychiatric Medication in Foster Children
Multiple studies have concluded that children in foster care,
many of whom are victims of abuse and trauma, are prescribed
psychiatric medication at a rate significantly higher than other populations
of children. Much of the time, the medications are used to control behavior
and medication prescription treatment may be problematic.
Advocates should possibly consider recommending that their doctor
re-evaluates the meds that they are taking.
Clinical Red Flags
- a child is prescribed medication without first having been
treated with and not responded to psychotherapy
- a child 13-17 is prescribed a 4th psychiatric medication
- a child 9-12 is prescribed a 3rd medication
- a child 6-8 or under is prescribed a 2nd medication
- a child 5 or under is prescribed any medication
- a child is prescribed 2 or more medications at the same time
- a child is prescribed a medication to treat side effects
- a child of any age is prescribed a second medication in the same
class as the child is currently taking (for example, a second anti-psychotic)
- a child is diagnoses with bipolar disorder or adjustment disorder or
targeted symptoms are primarily behavioral and anger
*REMEMBER TO ASK HARD QUESTIONS*
Drug Use Among Youth: 2022 Facts & Statistics
Early drug abuse corelates with substance abuse problems later in life, the
most significant increases in destructive behavior appear to take place
p among older teens and young adults.
Youth Alcohol Abuse is the most commonly abused substance among teens and young adults.
Marijuana Abuse: is one of the most commonly used illicit substances among youth.
Opioid Abuse: is considered a national public health emergency.
Stimulant Abuse: Youth are more likely to abuse prescription stimulants than they are to abuse cocaine or amphetamines.
Indicators of Drug or Alcohol Abuse
OBSERVE - ASK QUESTIONS - HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
Catherine Cummins – 1yr
Gertrude Taylor – 1yr
Vincent Ferrand – 7yrs
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.
As of November 1, 2022, we have 20 children waiting
for a volunteer to advocate for them.
If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming
a volunteer, have them call our office (504 533-8757) and speak to Ms. Margaret.
CASA NEWSLETTER 2022
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Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays! Wendy Magee
CASA Jefferson, Executive Director
CASA Jefferson’s 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.
Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Accomplishments
November is National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month. It is the month when the broader community acknowledges the efforts of those whose lives have been impacted by adoption and who facilitate the process. This month helps spread awareness and encourages all of us to learn about adoption. National Adoption Month celebrates the families who have grown through adoption. It also recognizes the journey of the many children who are still waiting for their destined families. It further highlights the thousands of children worldwide in need of adoption, and how easy it is to make a difference even if you cannot adopt.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH
Every year, there are more and more children in need of finding secure and safe families. National Adoption Month sheds light on the process and the positive impacts of adoption. The state of Massachusetts was the first to promote adoption-related efforts in 1976. Governor Mike Dukakis announced the first week of November as “Adoption Week” to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system. The idea slowly grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation. Following this, in 1984, President Gerald R. Ford made adoption week a national event. As the popularity of this week grew, more states started participating, and it became difficult to fit all the events into a period of seven days. This was when President Bill Clinton extended the week-long event into a whole month, which came to be known as National Adoption Month, which is celebrated globally.
National Adoption Month is a chance for all — individuals, families, businesses, organizations, communities, states, and the government — to celebrate adoption. Adoption is encouraged as a positive way to grow families and take children out of foster care. Many fundraising drives, recognition dinners, community activities, and awareness campaigns are held all across the nation to observe this month.
National Adoption Month also includes National Adoption Day, November 20. This day is observed in courthouses all across the country, where thousands of adoptions are finalized simultaneously on the Saturday directly after it. Courts are encouraged to deal with the backlog of adoptions on this day.
YOUR CASA SUPERVISOR will be your point of contact for CASA Jefferson’s children Christmas gift distribution. You will be notified when your CASA child's gifts are ready for pick-up and delivery.
November ANNIVERSARYs CASA VOLUNTEERS
Alice Reese - 10yrs
Bruce Blenkam - 6yrs
Cynthia Zandi - 4yrs
Kay Hjartberg - 13yrs
Lenora Clemons - 14yrs
Lorenza Lawless – 6yrs
Mary Vastola – 15yrs
Richard Saxer - 10yrs
Shane Wilson - 4yrs
Shanna Johnson - 4yrs
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 is Giving Tuesday. A movement born in 2012 as a local experiment. It has grown into a worldwide independent nonprofit that encourages people to do good in their communities.
At CASA Jefferson, we continuously make it our business to end the suffering of those most vulnerable among us: foster children. Our volunteers advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children in the foster care system because we believe that every child deserves to grow in a safe and loving home.
Make an Impact by Donating with CASA Jefferson
Go to CASA Jefferson’s Face book page https://www.casajefferson.org/giving-tuesday.html and help us reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 this Giving Tuesday November 29th, 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.