The Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates believes strongly in the continuing education of both program staff and volunteers. Illinois CASA strives to deliver a monthly ongoing training program that helps to build and maintain a strong and consistent staff and volunteer base.
Upon completion of any of the in-service training opportunities on the CASA website, document your experience by completing the Illinois CASA In-Service Training Completion Form. You will automatically receive a copy of your responses, which you may forward to your Local Program for its in-service training records. Completing the form acts as your completion certificate.
We urge the local CASA program staff and volunteers to examine our Training Calendar and sign up early. Any questions or comments regarding the training can be directed to Kristen Bertrand, Training Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Youth Driven Approach to Policy on Aging Out of Care
Growing an understanding of emerging adulthood is leading decision makers to rethink policies related to aging out of the child welfare system. The Family First Prevention Services Act reflects this by expanding eligibility for services to age 23, and eligibility for Education and Training Vouchers to age 26. This presentation will focus on how policies related to aging out can reflect our best understanding of the needs of young adults. It will include an overview of research on emerging adulthood, as well as lessons learned from partnering with the Statewide Youth Advisory Board to DCFS to develop policy priorities on aging out. The presentation will also touch on the perspectives of young adults from the Statewide Youth Advisory Board about preparing to transition out of care in the current moment of crisis.
Presenters for this webinar are Eve Rips, Clinical Teaching Fellow and Anita Weinberg, Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Professor of Law and Social Justice and Director, Rodin Center for Social Justice and the ChildLaw Policy Institute.
Socially Distant Book Club
Register below for the Zoom Meeting on July 20 at 3 pm. As you read How to be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi discussion questions will be posted on the Illinois CASA website and Facebook. On the Illinois CASA website look for the tab labelled “Socially Distant Book Club.” Here you will find the week’s Book Club questions posted. All who register will also receive an invitation by email to join the Illinois CASA Facebook Group “Socially Distant Book Club” for an online slow chat. The questions will be continual throughout the weeks moving from the beginning of the book and slowly advancing toward the end (so as not to spoil your reading experience). Each book group discussion will be 4 weeks in length.
Utilizing Interns for Illinois CASA Programs
Does your CASA program receive internship inquiries? Have you wondered if it is worth your time to have a CASA intern? CASA of River Valley utilizes interns in Will and Grundy County each year. By attending this webinar you will hear of their experience and receive instructional ideas about how your CASA program may work with interns. This webinar will will include how to recruit interns, onboard interns, and how interns are utilized throughout their school year. It will provide what responsibilities their interns are given and the expectations of each intern. The webinar will also include in depth information regarding “hands on” one on one meetings with interns to ensure their success.
Speaker is Kaitlin Nolan, Director of Advocate Development for CASA of River Valley.
Rethinking the State Response to Youth Identified as Sexually Offending
Children/youth in child welfare systems often experience sexual abuse and/or are accused of sexual misconduct. Research indicates the vast majority of those with problematic sexual behaviors respond well to therapeutic treatments or "age out" of inappropriate behaviors. But Illinois law -- including those requiring registry of children/youth as sex offenders -- hasn't kept pace with the research and causes unnecessary harm. This workshop will address research on why children/youth engage in problematic sexual behaviors, the impact of current practice and successful treatment approaches. It will also examine registry laws and explore implications for child welfare and delinquency advocates.
Presenters for this webinar are Anita Weinberg, Director, ChildLaw Policy Institute and Lisa Jacobs, Manager, Loyola's Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice.