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Valley CASA News

Check out all that is new at Valley CASA! You will find content here from our quarterly e-newsletter, as well as other breaking news.

View the entire Summer 2016 Issue of the Alaska CASA e-News here.
Recruiting for Fall CASA Training
The next CASA training is starting at the end of September and run through the first week of November. Current volunteers are always welcome to attend-as either a refresher or as a support for new volunteers. If you know of anyone who would make an excellent CASA volunteer, please pass along my contact information. Jessica
Continuing education opportunities are held on the second Tuesday of each month alternating between lunch and evening sessionsl.  Please remember to RSVP for planning purposes.These sessions are designed to help CASA volunteers on their cases, so please feel free to suggest topics to Jessica. Check the calendar for details about our monthly meetings, as well as other workshops, seminars and conferences that will enhance your advocacy skills.  View the training requirements for CASA volunteers.

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 Jessica's way!

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