Valley Training and Events

Fall 2017 CASA Training

Information meetings and training dates for the fall training are as follows:

Information Meetings
Monday, July 31st from noon to 1:00 at Wasilla Senior Center at1301 S Century Circle, Wasilla.
Tuesday, August 1 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Palmer State Office Building, 515 E. Dahlia Street, Palmer.
Wednesday, August 2nd from 4:30- 5:30 p.m.
Mat Su UAA campus, Room 201.

Applicants must attend one information meeting before participating in the pre-service training.

Pre-Service Training Dates
Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 14th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m
Tuesday, September 19th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 21st,  6:00 - 9:00 p.m

The pre-service training will be held at the Office of Public Advocacy office in the Palmer State Office Building at 515 E. Dahlia Street in Palmer. 

Applicants are required to attend all of the above pre-service training dates. 

New Volunteers Sworn In!

Valley CASA has sworn in four new volunteers this quarter. Welcome Kristi Kirk, Maritt Youngblood, Robert Lipkin, and Lori Berriganto the Alaska CASA family! All four of these new volunteers have been assigned cases  and are serving a total of 12 children  and adolescents in our community.

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CASA Kudos

We bid a good luck but not good-bye to Erin Lusk. Erin graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work in May from UAA! While her interning days are behind her, she has many wonderful advocating days ahead of her as she's committed to remaining a CASA volunteer. We could not thank her enough for all  she has done for the program - and the three youth she is assigned!

Anyone who knows Amanda Carson knows that the only thing small about Amanda is her physical stature. She fills a room with her bright smile and sunny personality. And her approach to advocacy is as large as her heart - and so is her first case. Amanda has taken on SEVEN children for her first case.

After nearly three years Jody and Mike Solmonson closed their case...while the adoption represents a closing of one chapter, it also represents a beautiful beginning of another. Jody and Mike's case involved four children who entered the foster care system separated from one another, behind in almost all educational markers, and justifiably angry at the world. The Solmonson's tireless advocacy has changed the path of these kids forever. Not only are these four children in a safe permanent home, they are thriving in all aspects of their lives - educational, social, emotional. They are loved, supported, and cherished. And most importantly: together. These four will grow up under ONE safe loving roof. That is the power of an advocate. 

Their story is proof of how positive caring adults can change the projected path of a child.

If you know of an adult who can be an unwavering cheerleader for a child, a consistent safe support, someone who will stand up in court and explain how amazingly resilient kids can be, then please send them Hayley's way!

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