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NCASA and NSP Partnering to Enhance Youth Services


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This webinar designed for Safe Place Coordinators and CASA personnel. It will provide an introduction and brief overview of the Safe Place and CASA program, discuss the goals of the partnership between the two national organizations and provide an overview of the specific partnership opportunities and benefits at the local level.

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NCASA and NSP Partnering to Enhance Youth Services

  2. 2. Mission Statements National CASA National Safe Place  Together with its state and local  Provides access to immediate members, is to support and help and supportive resources promote court-appointed for all young people in crisis volunteer advocacy so that through a network of sites every abused or neglected child sustained by qualified agencies, can be safe, establish trained volunteers and permanence and have the businesses. opportunity to thrive.
  3. 3. Natural Partnership Opportunities There are 90 communities across the country that have both a CASA and Safe Place program
  4. 4. How Safe Place Works  Outreach and Prevention  Community Accessibility through partnerships  Trained Response  Access to Services
  5. 5. Safe Place Impact on Communities  Youth and their families - More than 250,000 youth have called or gone to a Safe Place for help  Schools– Each year millions of youth learn about how to get help through Safe Place  Law Enforcement – Has connected more than 10,000 youth to shelters via Safe Place  Youth service agencies – Safe Place provides connections with new partners  Businesses and civic partners – Provides meaningful opportunities to engage in the community
  6. 6. Facts & Stats  Safe Place locations available 16,977  Txt 4 HELP (Oct ’09 – June ’10) 4,058  Safe Place is available in 40 states  140 Safe Place programs are in place for 1,551 communities
  7. 7. Txt 4 Help 24-hour text-for-support service for youth in crisis “It’s hard to find a kid today who isn’t constantly keeping in touch with their friends and family through text messages. The Txt 4 Help initiative is an innovative project that harnesses the popularity and power of texting to give kids instant access to assistance when they need it most” Congressman John Yarmuth (KY).
  8. 8. Reasons why youth went to a Safe Place Family Problems Family Problems 44% Runaway Runaway 17% Homeless Homeless 12% Abuse Abuse 7% Locked Out 3% Locked Out School Issues 3% School Issues Immediate Safety 2% Immediate Safety Substance Abuse 2% Substance Abuse Mental Health Issues 2% Mental Health Issues Neglect, Suicidal or Other 7% Neglect, Suicidal or Other
  9. 9. Ages of youth seeking help 25% 10 and under 2% 11 2% 20% 12 5% 15% 13 9% 14 15% 10% 15 20% 16 20% 5% 17 19% 18 and older 8% 0% 15 16 17 13 <18 11 14 >10 12 Ages
  10. 10. NSP Services  Consultation and  National Safe Place Week Technical Support Advocacy Guidelines and  Database Availability and Support Support  Connection to National  Online Training Corporate Partners Opportunities  Txt 4 HELP National  Outreach Materials for Texting Project Youth  Evidence based Programming and Evaluation
  11. 11. How CASA Works Role of CASA/GAL CASA Program volunteers  Recruit and screen  Fact finder volunteers  Provide high quality  Facilitator training and supervision  Monitor  Support volunteers in their efforts on behalf of children  Advocate
  12. 12. CASA Network  46 State Offices and 904 local programs  49 States, District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands  71,000 Volunteers in 2009  Serving 237,095 abused and neglected children
  13. 13. Importance of CASA Volunteers  Low CASA caseloads mean the courts can make better decisions for children.  Complex cases receive more attention so they can move forward in a timely way.
  14. 14. CASA as Evidence-Based Practice  Research shows that CASA advocacy works:  Participant satisfaction  Meeting the need  Better decision-making and increased services for youth.  Low recidivism rates.
  15. 15. Issues of Older Youth in Foster Care  Educational Disadvantages  Homelessness  Incarceration  Mental Health Issues
  16. 16. Fostering Future Initiatives  Customized training curriculum  Advocacy  Youth directed planning  Realizing “possible selves”
  17. 17. National CASA Services  Consultation and support  Training and annual conference  Outreach and communications  Data collection and evaluation  Grants  Quality Assurance
  18. 18. Partnership Goals  Advocate for the safety and well being of youth  Share ideas and resources available to assist youth in crisis  Offer support to each other’s organizations
  19. 19. Partnership Opportunities  Provide information to CASA/GAL program staff and volunteers about Safe Place as a resource for youth.  Provide Safe Place coordinators with information about CASA/GAL program.  Provide CASA/GAL program staff with information cards and resource materials for distribution to CASA youth.
  20. 20. Partnership Opportunities  Share information about volunteer opportunities  Shared training opportunities and resources (ex – NSP online webinars)  Increase awareness of the services of CASA and NSP  Use national CASA and NSP conference as opportunities to conduct workshops on each other’s programs
  21. 21. Local Examples  What are ways in which you have already partnered in your local communities?
  22. 22. Wrap-Up  Questions?  Your Facilitators:  Sally Wilson Erny, NCASA , Chief Program Officer  Laurie Jackson, NSP, Executive Director