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Metro CASA Training

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CASA Welcomes Newest Staff Member
On CASA is thrilled to welcome Kim Peacock Harrison as the newest CASA staff member. Kim spent nearly ten years at Brookfield residential facility where she served as both the Program Director and Executive Director during her tenure. She also has vast experience providing case management, advocacy, counseling, and crisis intervention to at-risk children. She holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an Advocate Supervisor for CASA, Kim will provide support and guidance to volunteers who are working cases assigned to our program from the juvenile court. Her passion for children and extensive knowledge of child welfare will be a great asset to our program and the volunteers she supervises.

CASA Now Participates in Kroger Community Rewards
Are you a Kroger shopper? If yes, you can easily support Chesterfield CASA by designating us as your charity of choice every time you swipe your Kroger Plus card. The program is free and requires only a one-time registration process from Kroger's website. After you select Chesterfield CASA as your charity, we earn money whenever you shop. Click here for instructions on the simple registration process that takes less than five minutes to complete. Happy Shopping!

Newest Volunteers Sworn Into Program
On November 8th, Chief Judge Scott Landry inducted seven new volunteers into the CASA program. These individuals completed more than 40 hours of training and courtroom observation prior to being sworn in as child advocates. At the induction ceremony, Judge Landry thanked the volunteers for the critical difference they will make in this community by providing a voice for CASA's children. Following the ceremony, CASA staff were able to welcome friends and family of our newest volunteers and celebrate this milestone. We look forward to many years working alongside these volunteers as they provide a powerful voice for their assigned CASA children.

Congratulations to our newest advocates:
Emily Clanton
Teralee ElBasri
Kathryn Hurtz
Connie McGuinness
Erica Seamster
Michele Sink
M'Leta Watson

training was overwhelming positive, as volunteers were able to hear a wealth of information that was applicable to much of their work. We are so grateful to all five presenters for the taking the time to join us on a Saturday morning to impart their knowledge to our advocates.

On December 1st, staff and volunteers from the five CASA programs serving metro Richmond joined together for a joint training. The topic - Substance Abuse and Its Impact on Families - is particularly relevant for our programs, since so many families struggle with addiction and substance use. The training involved three sessions presented by five experts who shared their wisdom and experience on a variety of topics related to substance abuse. Dr. Mishka Terplan and Dr. Robin Foster provided a medical perspective on addiction, while Kathy Ryan shared information on how substance use impacts parenting abilities and the attachment bond between children and their parents. Lastly, Claudia Perez and Ashley Ritchie shared statistics and personal stories from their work with parents in recovery. Feedback from the

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Milestone Volunteers Honored
On February 6th, Chesterfield CASA staff and volunteers joined together for our regular Lunch Bunch gathering. But this was a special occassion as we recognized volunteers celebrating milestone anniversaries with our program. CASA's work requires immense dedication from our advocates; achieveing five years of servce is quite the accomplishment. Recognized for five years of serving our community's children were: Donna Bailey, Rose Coggins, Lynn Fielding, Jennifer Giles, John Hirschman, and Beth Warren. Together these volunteers have served a combined 59 children in 32 families the last five years.

Alongside these volunteers were two advocates who have been with our program for a decade. Linda McDonald has served 25 children during her ten years with CASA while Margaret Warren has advocated for 13 children. Their long-term commitment is a testament to their passion, generosity, and tenacity. We are so fortunate to have these volunteers willing to give of their time and energy to provide a voice for abused/neglected children in our area. Our program sends immense gratitude to them and all of their volunteer colleagues - no matter their tenure - who have made CASA's mission thier own.

Donna Bailey, John Hirschman, Jennifer Giles, Rose Coggins, Margaret Warren &
Linda McDonald.

Not pictured: Lynn Fielding &
Beth Warren

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