I’m taking a break from the state thing for a moment, to bring you some important news. Casey Family Programs honored Thomas L. Birch, legislative counsel of the National Child Abuse Coalition, at a reception Thursday evening, May 18th, at The Willard Hotel, in Washington, D.C.
“Tom Birch has worked tirelessly to assure that the needed legislative and fiscal resources are in place to bring awareness and action around preventing child maltreatment,” said William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs. “His committed efforts have been critical in protecting and keeping children safe across this country.”
The Casey Family Programs Leadership Awards are presented annually to policymakers and leaders who have demonstrated unwavering commitment, leadership and action on behalf of children and families.
Birch leads the Washington, DC-based National Child Abuse Coalition, serving to coordinate federal advocacy efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. He is a tireless advocate for child abuse prevention policies, including the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and Promoting Safe and Stable Families.
It’s My Life Conference—Call for Presentations
The It’s My Life Conference explores how youth aging out of foster care make the transition to independent living. The conference is sponsored by Casey Family Programs and designed by and for youth in foster care, alumni of care, advocates, and practitioners. This year’s conference takes place October 29-31 in Seattle, and will focus on education, employment, mental health, and the creative and cultural arts. If you’d like to present a workshop or an exhibit, submit your proposals by June 5. Read more about this year’s conference and download presentation proposal applications here.
Tools for foster parent applicants.
Launched in 2005, the Casey Foster Family Assessments help workers assess foster parent applicants’ strengths and development needs. Applicants complete free online assessments that address multiple areas of foster parenting, such as the ability to support foster child development, care for challenging children, negotiate worker and agency challenges, available time to foster, cultural receptivity in fostering, receptivity to birth family connections, and much more. Agency workers can use the score reports to open conversations and explore issues with applicants as they go through the licensing process. Access Casey Foster Family Assessments.
May is National Foster Care Month!
Casey Family Programs works in partnership with 13 other national child welfare organizations to host events that honor those who make a difference in the lives of youth in care, and to raise awareness about the need for more people to get involved. Casey is holding events in Seattle, WA; Boise, ID; Oakland, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; and Washington, D.C. Learn how you can get involved.
Helping youth develop their racial and ethnic identities
When young people grow up in foster care—and especially when they grow up apart from their birth families—they often lose connection with their racial and ethnic identity. Knowing Who You Are is a new suite of tools that prepares child welfare professionals to help youth develop pride in their racial and ethnic heritage, build their multicultural competence, and prepare for racism and discrimination. Access a free video and e-learning.
Assessing the life skills of youth in care
Casey Life Skills is a free, online tool that helps youth assess and develop independent living skills, including money management, work and study habits, self-care, and readiness for seeking a job and housing. Last year over 130,000 assessments were completed online. Access Casey Life Skills.
Casey Family Programs’ president and CEO William Bell testifies before California Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care
Bell testified before the committee on May 12 to provide a general overview of the services and issues facing youth transitioning out of foster care. In February, a bipartisan delegation of Assembly Members and foster care advocates joined Assembly Member Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the California Select Committee on Foster Care, in unveiling a comprehensive legislative package designed to improve California’s foster care system. Bell’s testimony highlighted how the proposed legislation will help provide services and opportunities for transitioning youth. Read the testimony.
Casey Family Programs celebrates 40 years working to provide, improve—and ultimately prevent the need for—foster care
United Parcel Service (UPS) founder Jim Casey had a vision that all children in America deserved stable, permanent, and loving homes. Building on this commitment, he founded Casey Family Programs, headquartered in Seattle, forty years ago. Throughout 2006, Casey is honoring the legacy of its founder with celebrations in Austin, TX; Oakland, CA; Boise, ID; Cheyenne, WY; Denver, CO; Juneau, AK; Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; San Antonio, TX; Seattle, WA; Tucson, AZ; and Yakima, WA.
About Casey Family Programs
Casey Family Programs is the largest national foundation whose sole mission is to provide and improve—and ultimately prevent the need for—foster care. The foundation draws on its 40 years of experience and expert research and analysis to improve the lives of children and youth in foster care in two important ways: by providing direct services and support to foster families; and promoting improvements in child welfare practice and policy. The Seattle-based foundation was established in 1966 by United Parcel Service (UPS) founder Jim Casey, and has a current endowment of $2 billion.
(source-Casey Announcements May 2006).