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Washington CASA Association is a network of 12 local programs in Washington state serving 13 counties. Through our valued membership with National CASA/GAL, we belong to a network of 950 community-based programs nationwide, that recruit, screen, train, and support court-appointed special advocate (CASA) and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers. Those advocates are volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help children experiencing abuse and neglect.

Washington CASA Association proudly announces the election of six new board members

Join us in celebrating these six exceptional individuals for their commitment to Washington CASA’s mission of serving children and families.

Black Lives Matter- We Stand in Solidarity

The inhumane and senseless murder of Mr. George Floyd and the many others who have gone before him provide a painful reminder of the racial injustices that pervade American life. Staff and volunteers at CASA programs know this too well. The higher rates of incarceration, poverty, and unemployment, and the poorer health outcomes among Blacks manifest themselves in disproportional representation of Black children in the child welfare system. 

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Step 2 of the Success Sequence Series

ACF's Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) is committed to engaging partners in meaningful ways and bringing unlikely partners together to push our thinking and engage in shared learning and shared action for shared impact.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a central component of the U.S. safety net, benefiting about 25 million families. Using variation in the federal and state EITC, this paper evaluates the long-term impact of EITC exposure during childhood on the health of young adults. We find that an additional $100, or a 3% increase, in the average annual EITC exposure between birth and age 18 increases the likelihood of reporting very good or excellent health by 2.6% and decreases the likelihood of being obese by 4.1% between ages 22 and 27. The effects of EITC exposure are stronger for children raised in a single-parent household and for children with lower-educated parents.

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OCSE’s Regional Director Melissa Johnson reflects on changes in the child support program over 45 years and additional changes brought on by COVID-19

The Digital Analytics Program (DAP), an implementation of Google Analytics 360 (GA) for federal agencies, goes beyond pageviews.

Success Sequencing: High School Diploma, full-time job, and marriage before children

Bills aim to reduce rate of missing, murdered Indigenous women (My Northwest)By Nicole Jennings, September 21, 2020, My Northwest. In Washington and throughout the United States, Indigenous women face a disproportionate risk of going missing or being murdered, their loved ones neither seeing the cases solved nor the killers brought to justice. A 2019 Washington State Patrol report found that while Native Americans make up 2% of the state’s population, 7% of the state’s missing women are Indigenous women. That’s a statistic that Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act...

Compiling data sources of ACEs statistics is critical to identify gaps in ACEs research in the US and Georgia. There is a lack of consistent data on ACE statistics. Resilient Georgia is an Atlanta-based organization that works towards creating an integrated behavioral health system by streamlining public and private efforts and resources to enhance trauma informed care through research, policy, and practice in Georgia. University of Georgia (UGA), College of Public Health Ph.D. student Kiran...

Since late 2017, the Urban Institute’s Housing Opportunities and Services Together team has partnered with public housing authority BangorHousing and the Boys & Girls Club of Bangor, Maine, in a formative evaluation of Families Forward, a locally designed and funded two-generation program that builds on

BangorHousing’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

Our initial findings show that families enrolled in Families Forward experience economic gains, such as an increase in annual income, and social-emotional growth, like greater investment in their community and development of parenting skills. The program provides crucial social supports for families to connect with one another and access services and trainings that can help them achieve greater economic mobility. However, even with additional financial coaching and skill development classes, families encountered systemic barriers when trying to reach their goals, such as buying a home, pursuing secondary education or training, or developing stronger support networks.

Moving forward, it will be important that the Families Forward program strengthen collaboration among partners, seek out more opportunities to support families, and continue to build on the strong culture of trust that it has created.

Upcoming Webinar: Tools & Resources for Coping with Stress, Fear and Anxiety (New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics)As part of NJAAP's Healthy Spaces program, we invite you to join us on Thursday, September 24th from 12:00-1:00 PM for our virtual educational workshop, Tools & Resources for Coping with Stress, Fear and Anxiety! Register Here ! This virtual session will share tools and resources to support mental and behavioral health during the pandemic. Dr. Leopardi and Dr. Gubernick will share guidance on self-care, stress management, and positive discipline. Participants will also engage in...

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