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Anchorage CASA

Winter Training

Over the past year, the Anchorage CASA program has provided volunteer advocacy to about 220 children in state custody. The next class of Anchorage CASA volunteer candidates will begin pre-service training in January. We are very excited to add to our family of dedicated and enthusiastic advocates!! 

The next Anchorage core training will begin in January 2017. Please help us spread the word! If you know someone you think would make an excellent CASA volunteer, please encourage them to get in touch with our office. We will be hosting several information meetings prior to our next training. If you would like to host an information meeting or belong to a group that would like to host a meeting, please let us know!

There is a tremendous need for advocates to represent the best interests of foster youth in our community and we appreciate your assistance in our recruitment efforts! 


Continuing Education and Community Engagement

Our First Tuesdays are a great avenue for hosting training and providing volunteers with an opportunity to learn, review cases and network with one another. Thanks to the following presenters for contributing their time and expertise to help strengthen our program: Nicole Stanish, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC); Allen Blair, licensed psychologist and professional counselor; Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, Alaska Cares Medical Director; Barb Malchick, Volunteer GAL and Court Improvement Project (CIP) Facilitator. 

The next First Tuesdays training  will be presented by Victoria Kendall from Programs for Infants and Children (PIC) in February and Brenda Ursel from Alaska Center for Resource Families (AWRC) in March.  

Volunteer Support
Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) has continued to provide our program with fantastic support. Thank you FAC for providing funding to help with training costs, for helping us to provide our volunteers with tokens of appreciation, for enabling us to fund volunteer activities with their CASA youths and for making it possible for program staff and volunteers to attend the annual National CASA conferences !!! 

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