April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play an important role in
promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families
in communities. Read Governor Walker's Proclamation
The theme for this year's National Child Abuse Prevention Month is "Making Meaningful Connections." When we make meaningful
connections with the children, youth, and families in our communities,
we can help parents build the knowledge and skills and access the
resources necessary to raise happy and healthy children. Everyone can
play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child
and family well-being.
Read the Presidential Proclamation
Want to get involved?
Fostering Futures Alaska
With the support of a grant from the National CASA Association
we are launching a new initiative, Fostering Futures Alaska
, to train and equip CASA volunteers throughout the state to specialize in working with youth at risk of "aging out" of the child welfare system.
The Fostering Futures
program engages CASA volunteers as advocates for and advisors to foster youth ages 14 – 21. The program is built around the framework of the Fostering Connections to Success Act, to help youth identify supportive, lifelong adult connections, and to develop specific plans for their transition to become independent, successful adults. A key principle of the training and work with older youth is the "possible selves” model, based on research out of the University of Michigan, to help young people achieve their full potential.
To learn how YOU can become a Fostering Futures
volunteer, visit the Fostering Futures Alaska webpage
Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life
longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As
a CASA volunteer, you are empowered to help make this
dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these
children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their
fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child
deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these
vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come.
And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
Programs around the state are looking for responsible adults who want to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Click here for more information, or use the Volunteer tab at the top of the page to find a local program near you.