New Executive Director Nat'l CASA Conference Continuing Education
Over the Edge Pics
Saturday 7/30 Back2School Block Party 10am - 1pm
West Broad Farmer's Market Free Backpacks, Supplies, Haircuts, and Braiding
Wednesday 8/3 Oconee County 1st Day of School
Saturday 8/6 Girls Rock Camp Performance
2pm - Caledonia Lounge
This year, Children First is providing scholarships for girls in foster care to attend Girls Rock Camp. Girls ages 9-15 learn an instrument, form a band, and perform live - all in one week. Camp focuses on empowerment, teamwork, and community. Our own Mary Joyce will be serving as a band coach for the week. Join us for the final performance and support the amazing work of these girls! Tues 8/9 Clarke County 1st Day of School
Howie's Pizza Grand Opening
The newest pizza joint in town is already a generous donor to Children First.
Saturday 8/13 Health Fair 2016 10am - 2pm
First African Methodist Episcopal Church
Breast Exams, Prostate & Vision Screenings, Aging Support Services, Kids ID Fingerprinting and More!
Mon 9/5 Labor Day
Thursday 9/8 CASA Volunteer Orientation 10am & 5:30pm
Children First Cottage
Find out more about becoming a CASA Volunteer. Our Fall class will begin at the end of September
Friday 9/9 AAHS Annual Chili CookOff 4:30 - 7:30pm
Come taste all kinds of chili and vote for your favorite (us!)
We want to hear from you! Make sure to leave comments on our Facebook wall and Twitter page.
From Our New Executive Director...
I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and bring you up to date with Children First. I am Susie Weller and in February 2016 I assumed the Executive Director position with Children First. After eight years with the CASA program, it has been an amazing few months of transition. I am so grateful for all of the hard work and diligence that my predecessors have done to create an organization that I serve today.
Since February, I have been busying myself with getting to know the Children First Board and expanding that dynamic group of committed program advocates. I have begun to learn more extensively the ins and outs of our main funding grants. There have been hours of grant applications and maintenance, which includes data collection and documentation to our funders. These funding sources make it possible for the wonderful staff and volunteers at Children First to continue to do the hard work for these families on a daily basis.
To read more about what's been happening the past few months and the direction Susie is looking to for the future, read the rest of Susie's letter on our BLOG!
CASA at the National CASA Conference
This year, the National CASA Conference was held in Washington DC and both Georgia and the Athens-Oconee CASA program were well represented! Not only were are staff able to participate in many workshops and development opportunities, they also went to the Capitol to meet legislators and advocate for the CASA cause!
Sen. Johnny Isakson of GA was given a Children's Champion in Congress Award from National CASA during the conference week.
Upcoming Continuing Ed Opportunities
Conferences, Workshops, Etc
The late summer and early fall offer many continuing education opportunities for CASA Volunteers, child welfare staff or advocates, and other community members interested in learning more. Here's a quick list of some upcoming events and classes that can increase your knowledge and skills to better serve children in our community!
***CASA Volunteers are required to participate in 12 hours of continuing education per year. The opportunities listed below are a GREAT way to get some hours. Contact your Advocacy Coordinator or Peer Coordinator for more information on documenting your hours.
Also, keep in mind that Emory University's Barton Center has an archive of presentations from their Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy - a collaboration between the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children and the Barton Child Law and Policy Center to bring child welfare legal experts to Emory Law for a monthly workshop as Visiting Scholars in Practice. This is a fantastic resource with topics such as Accessing Healthcare for Children in Foster Care, Understanding Legal Guardianship, and Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact. http://law.emory.edu/faculty-and-scholarship/centers/barton-child-law-and-policy-center/barton-center-presentations.html
As Fall approaches, here are some things our programs need:
CASA -Two prong divided case files, copy paper, dry erase markers
Family Time - Fall Craft Activities, air pump for sport balls and bikes, copy paper, pocket calendars (for parents to assist with planning), new boxes of crayons, new coloring / activity books