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1 April 2018
For CASA volunteers
Continuing Education Hours Opportunity
Pasadena City College has free classes such as Mental Health First Aid, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Healing from Vicarious Trauma, DCFS Roundtable, Preparing Your Child for College, and more that will count for continuing education hours! For more information on classes and schedules, please visit their website here .
Keep in mind that CASA volunteers are required by law to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education every year. You can also find continuing education opportunities at our website here .

2018 Evening to Foster Dreams Gala
Our silent auction for the 6th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams is live! Please visit to view and bid on all the exciting items and packages on offer! Visit often as we are adding packages daily, and you don't need to be at the Gala to be the winning bidder! If you would like to attend, tickets and sponsorships are still available to join us at the Beverly Hilton on April 18th, 2018. To purchase, click here . Please contact Tara Grand at 323.859.2888 x.6311 or with any questions. Thank you for your support.

Help Us Hold Their Hands
Please join us for our Antelope Valley/Santa Clarita Valley fundraising benefit Help Us Hold Their Hands on Friday, May 4th from 5:00pm-10:00pm. We are excited to be honoring High Desert Medical Group, Brenda Robinson with Children's Law Center, and Damien Rosen, County Counsel. We are also awarding our very own CASA volunteers, Lynette Crawford and Carolyn Olsen, with the CASA Outstanding Advocate Award for their tireless service and dedication to CASA and the children they serve. Please visit our website   for detailed information and to purchase tickets and sponsorship. Have questions? Wish to donate to the silent auction? Please contact Dayna Rodriguez at 661.723.2272 or .
ETO Corner

Need help with ETO or how to fill out forms in ETO? Please refer to the updated Advocate Handbook or join us at our weekly walk-in ETO clinics every Tuesday from 12pm-2pm in our Monterey Park office!

For ETO assistance, please contact Josh Saxelby-Valle at or 323.859.2888 x.6354 or Jessica Vallejo at or 323.859.288 8 x.6396.
CASA Connections
Casual, positive get-togethers organized by CASAs, for CASAs

Interested in building your CASA Community? Connecting with your fellow CASAs can be a great way to learn about new resources and build support while having fun and meeting new friends. 
If you would like to host your very own CASA Connection in your neighborhood reach out to Betsy Ann Mudd ( ) for assistance. 
CASA Book Clubs

San Fernando Valley Book Group
Where: CASA's home in Studio City
RSVP for the address
When: May 1st, 2018 at 7:00PM
"The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity" by: Nadione Burke Harris, M.D.
Contact: Renne Bilson at
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
MAY 17, 2018

New News
Jessica Rivas Valle, advocate supervisor
Originally hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Jessica has spent the last eight years living and working in Los Angeles.For years Jessica worked at World Impact’s Teen Center where she co-founded a leadership development program for at-risk high school students. With the desire to sharpen her skills and further serve families, Jessica received a Master’s of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology in 2016. Since graduating from Fuller, Jessica has gained professional experience in both the mental health and child welfare fields. Most recently, Jessica worked with Non-Minor Dependents where she provided training that helped prepare young adults to thrive in a future independent from the foster-care system. For fun, Jessica enjoys spending time outside enjoying California’s weather, discovering new music, and watching documentaries on Netflix with her wonderful husband Abraham and precious dog Ruffian. Jessica is also the reigning champion in her fantasy football league and is incredibly proud of that fact. 
Upcoming In-Services

You can download handouts from the in-services by going to our website and clicking on the " FOR ADVOCATES " tab!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Monterey Park office

Monday, April 09, 2018
Monterey Park office

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
San Fernando Valley office

Thursday, April 12, 2018
San Fernando Valley office

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monterey Park office

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Monterey Park office

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monterey Park offic

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Monterey Park office
For CASA youth
Application for UCLA's CCCP Scholars Program is Open!
Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) at UCLA is now accepting applications from community college students who will be applying to transfer in or after Fall 2018. CCCP focuses on students who may have recently graduated from high school and plan to enroll in a community college OR students currently attending community college who are not following a transfer curriculum at the time of application and show a potential for academic success. The goal of the program is to motivate, inform, and prepare students to transfer from a California community college to a selective Top Tier Research institution such as UCLA. For more information, please visit their website here .

Opportunity to Provide Feedback for Transition Age Youth
California Youth Connection is hosting a Transition Age Youth (TAY) Self Sufficiency Forum for youth to share feedback on a proposed framework for a report to LA's Board of Supervisors. CASA youth are welcome to attend! There are forums in Lancaster on April 7th at 10am and in South Central Los Angeles on April 21st at 10am. Please click here for more information.

Youth Moving On
Youth Moving On provides former foster and probation youth, ages 16-25, affordable quality housing and numerous support services to help them transition successfully to adulthood. The program is support by Hillsides and located in Pasadena. Please visit their website here for more information!

Youth Leadership Training
California Youth Connection and Foster Youth in Action are hosting a summit to celebrate and build on the accomplishments of youth-led organizing on April 20th. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please click here .

Scholars Program at United Friends of the Children
The Scholars Program will engage foster youth in one-on-one relationships with counselors, help them grow through career development and enrichment, and persist with support through difficult circumstances. United Friends of the Children is seeking referrals for LA County foster youth in grades 7-8, grade 10, and community college students who plan to transfer to a 4-year college within two years. Please contact Carol Giron at or 213.580.1850 for more information.

LGBTQ+ Teen Group at the STAR Clinic
Resiliency describes one's ability to overcome stressors and handle tough situations. The LGBTQ+ Teen Group, for teens ages 14-17, builds on teens' strengths and teaches new skills to manage stress. Teens will learn how to build strong and supportive relations, improve communication with family and trusted supports, solve common challenges, manage difficult feelings, and increase enjoyment and self-care. Please contact Natalie Ramos and Liz Ollen at or 310-825-0385.

Camp Bob Waldorf
Camp Bob Waldorf is a residential camp for campers ages 9-15 that fosters growth and development in a fun and safe environment. Campers live in a cabin with their peers and trained counselors, and spend the majority of their day experiencing new camp activities such as swimming, archery, high ropes course, hiking, ranch animal care, and arts and crafts. Financial aid is available! For more information, please visit their website or reach out to your advocate supervisor!
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