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CASA Newsletter                                                          April 2018
 
IN THIS ISSUE
  1. From the Executive Director's Desk
  2. April:  National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  3. How to Recognize Signs of Child Abuse
  4. Child Abuse Awareness Signs Posted
  5. Thank You, Harps!
  6. CASA Agency Earns GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency
  7. New CASA Training Class in Pryor
  8. Save the Date!  Intertribal Children's Pow Wow and Funfest
  9. Please Consider a Donation to CASA
  10. Support CASA / Shop at AmazonSmile.com  
 


From the
Executive
Director's Desk


ANGELA HENDERSON

Muhammad Ali once said, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, an opportunity to call attention to the plight of more than 7 million children in our country, who annually come to the attention of child welfare due to concern for their safety and well-being.


CASA is an organization that values children and seeks to serve them in their time of greatest need. The beauty of the CASA model is that ordinary community citizens lend their voices to speak up for the best interests of children who are involved in the court system through no fault of their own. Something extraordinary happens when a person sees a problem and chooses to be a part of the solution - whether with time and talent or treasure.

Join us in our mission. Become a CASA volunteer. Or, make a donation and support someone else who is choosing to speak up for a child.

 

Angela


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Throughout the month, CANO will be providing tips on how to recognize signs of child abuse and neglect. Check our CANO Facebook site  (https://www.facebook.com/CANO4Kids/) daily for some helpful information.


How to Recognize Signs of Child Abuse
 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers work with abused and neglected children in our communities and see firsthand the ravages of child abuse.

CASA volunteers understand that the first step in stopping child abuse is to be informed about what constitutes child abuse and to be alert to the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect.

 

Angela Henderson has written an Op-Ed article with information about how to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.  To read the full Op-Ed piece, visit our website: LINK .

Child Abuse Awareness Signs Posted
Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma has posted child abuse awareness signs at the courthouses in Delaware County (top photo) and Craig County (bottom photo).  The signs will remain on the lawns throughout the month to help raise awareness that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Thank You, Harps!
Harps Grocery Stores provided $12,500 in donations to five area nonprofit agencies.  The monies were the proceeds received from this year's Harps annual golf tournament.  Harps donated $4,000 of these funds to Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma to support CASA services in northeast Oklahoma. 

A special thanks goes to Harps participating stores that are located in Grove, Chelsea, Inola, Salina, and Locust Grove - all communities served by our CASA agency.


Pictured are Herb Angle, Board of Directors, and Angela Henderson, Executive Director, with Payton Huskey, Harp Store Manager (center).  

CASA Agency Earns GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency


Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma recently received the Platinum Seal of Transparency on our GuideStar profile.

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.  More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.

In order to receive the Platinum Seal, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma shared important information with the public using our GuideStar profile.  Community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.  We’re shining a spotlight on the difference our CASA agency makes in northeastern Oklahoma.

Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/73-1482426.

Lift up a child’s voice,
a child’s life – become a CASA Volunteer!


CASA Training Classes
Saturdays, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
April 21, 28, May 5, 19
First Pryority Bank
310 East Graham, Pryor

 
Abused and neglected children need an adult who will serve as their voice in the courtroom and as a friend in their lives.  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provide a powerful voice for children in the child welfare system.  CASA volunteers work to ensure that the needs of abused and neglected children are met, that their best interests are served, and that they are placed in safe, nurturing, permanent homes.

More volunteers are needed!  If you know someone who would make a good advocate, encourage them to contact us about our next training class.

 
To register, contact:
Gayle Hanson, Training Coordinator

785-623-6955 or 918-923-4570
gayle@cano-casa.com
 
For more information, visit: www.cano-casa.com/volunteer 
SAVE THE DATE!
Join us for a fun-filled day at the Intertribal Children's Pow Wow and Funfest on June 9th at the Ottawa Pow Wow Grounds.  Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma will be hosting a booth with children's crafts during the Funfest from 11:00 to 5:00.  All festivities will take place at the Ottawa Tribe Pow Wow Grounds located at 11376-11498 South 613 Road (east of Miami, OK).  


Please Consider a Donation to CASA


For those who are not able to serve as a CASA volunteer, you can help further the work of our CASA agency through your financial support.  Here is what a donation to CASA can do:
  • Provide a CASA volunteer to advocate for a child’s best interests while he/she is in the foster care system.
  • Empower CASA volunteers to gather details about a child’s case, communicate with all parties involved in the case, and prepare reports to represent the best interests of the child.
  • Enable CASA volunteers to monitor all aspects of the child’s life to ensure his / her safety and report any concerns to the proper authorities.
  • Help move a child through the juvenile judicial system as quickly as possible and help advance that child’s case towards a permanent and safe home.
For full information about making a donation to CASA, use this LINK to access our website to either donate online or by mail.
Support CASA
Shop AmazonSmile.com

One simple way to donate to CASA is to shop at AmazonSmile.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charity you select.  Simply use this LINK to select Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma as the organization you support whenever you purchase an item on AmazonSmile.  
 
Child Advocates of Northeastern Oklahoma is a court-appointed special advocate program headquartered in Claremore Oklahoma. We serve Rogers, Mayes, Craig, Ottawa, and Delaware Counties.

                   Headquarters:                                  Miami Office:
                   200 S. Lynn Riggs                             103 E. Central, Suite 500 

                   Claremore, OK 74017                       (St. James Court Bldg.)

                   Telephone: 918-923-4570                 Miami, OK 74354

                   Website:  http://cano-casa.com/        918-544-6452     

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