CASA Resources and CEU Opportunities
Colorado Children's Code is now available online!
Colorado Children's Code click on Colorado Revised Statutes, then TITLE 19 Children's Code.
National CASA Resources for CASAs
Check out this link for the National CASA Association's library of resources on a number of topics relevant to CASA work. Finds more information on CASA at www.casaforchildren.org, including a blog and podcast, as well as a link to the online version of the NCASAA magazine, "The Connection".
More Great CEU Opportunities
National CASA has two e-learning opportunities available online for continuing education credit (4 hours of CEU credit for each course). They are Education and Youth in Out-of-Home Care and Aging Out: Supporting Youth Transitions into Adulthood. These are self-paced multi-media courses you can do on your home computer at your convenience. Call or email Pam@vfccasaorg or Galen@vfccasa.org to register.
American Radio Works Documentaries
Here are links to some great resources from American Radio Works about children, families and mental health and found them relevant to CASA work. You can download these as podcasts (a free subscription is available through iTunes) or just print the transcript of the show and read - both options are free. Remember, to receive credit you will need to submit a CEU Review Form. CEU hours equivalent to the length of the documentary broadcast.
A Mind of Their Own April 2005
- Most children can be volatile at some point in their development, with no particular cause for worry. But at what point do irritability, mood swings, and tantrums constitute a mental illness? Up to half a million children are believed to have bipolar illness. This is the story of three of those children, their families, and the professionals who work with them. This full 1-hour broadcast is available from iTunes U.
Logging On and Losing Out: Dealing Addiction to America's Kids - March 2006
Internet poker has taken America by storm. Three-quarters of high school and college kids are gambling on a regular basis. But adolescents are far more vulnerable to getting addicted to gambling than adults. And with Internet companies making millions from online gamblers, there's little incentive or legal controls to restrict youth gambling.
Rewiring the Brain - September 2006
A unique study of Romania's orphans reveals the profound effects of social deprivation on brain development.
Wanted: Parents - November 2007
Advocates for kids are trying to persuade more families to adopt teenagers. If teenagers in foster care don't find permanent families, they face a grim future. They "age out" of foster care, usually when they turn 18 years old, and many wind up on the streets. Every year, more than 24,000 American young people age out of foster care.
Trauma and the Brain - September 2005
Terrifying events like the terrorist attacks of 9/11 trigger strong biological and psychological reactions. Most people can recover over time, but researchers are trying to understand why some never do.
The Forgotten 14 Million - May 1999
One in five American children is growing up poor. Critics of welfare and other social programs say government spending hasn't solved poverty. But neither has economic growth.