CASA of Ventura County Newsletters

The downloadable file above is a schedule of all 2018 In-Services hosted by CASA of Ventura County on various topics that pertain to the youth community we serve. In-Services and CE Opportunities are now available to be attended by the public.

All CASAs are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education per calendar year on topics and categories specified by the Administrative Office of the Court. You can obtain these hours through Continuing Education (eligible trainings offered by other organizations) or by attending In-Service Programs offered by CASA of Ventura County.

If you sign up for a course listed in this bulletin, please obtain a proof of attendance/participation and submit it with your Activity Sheet at the end of the month. If you learn of a training opportunity that is not listed here, please check with Janet in advance to see that it will count towards your 12 hours.

(As further clarification, hours you donate volunteering at events such as Milestones, or staffing a table at a community event, etc. are valued as Activity Hours which CASA needs to report to the State, but do not qualify as Continuing Education.)

Do you want more opportunities to give to your community? We’ve compiled a list of holiday fundraiser ideas to get involved in yourself or along with other altruistic causes.

As we dive into the season of giving this month, let’s explore how the very action of giving can lead to a more altruistic life, improve our mood and even makes us happy.

"There are unfair stereotypes and myths that affect teens in foster care. Addressing these misconceptions is critical to understanding the importance of adoption for all children and working to reduce barriers standing in the way of their adoption" (Grassley).

Gratitude is about more than taking a second to say “Thanks.” Gratitude shows true appreciation. This Thanksgiving, we have some ideas for how you can give gratitude.

How can you spread the cheer by giving back? We have five altruistic ideas for the holiday season that just might do the trick.

This month looks at the world through the eyes of a child, so today we look at how you can recognize National Child Safety and Protection Month, and keep the children in your life safe.

A San Francisco Bay Area museum is taking an unusual tack with an exhibition about foster youth in California. “Heart wrenching. Emotional,” [museum visitor Diane Lamott] said choking back tears. “Makes you wish you could have done something more to help.”

Halloween can be even more meaningful this year by promoting an altruistic lifestyle and giving back to your community. Check out these 13 spooky Halloween fundraising ideas.

Focusing on positive thoughts can actually impact your overall health. How, you ask? Today we dive in and see how positive thoughts can make you healthier.

When the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program goes into effect in January, foster families in California will be receiving much-needed new financial assistance.

It can be difficult to decide how to give, what you can give or even where to give to. Today let's take a closer look at how to donate with a purpose to disaster relief.

Being kind to a stranger may seem simple, but it often requires a conscious effort to do. How can you show kindness to strangers in your life? We have 10 ideas to start.