Message from the Executive Director (July 2024)

While officially summer has just started, school supplies are back in the stores. In preparation for returning to school, CASA will be providing backpacks and school supplies to our CASA kids thanks to the generosity of the Nina Baldwin Fisher Foundation. Distribution will be in August at a family event to be held at the…

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Interrupting Racism

By Susan Mason This past November, the CASA Board of Directors participated in one-day Interrupting Racism Workshop for Children workshop presented by Child Advocates of Indianapolis, IN.   This interactive workshop allows individuals to “engage, grow and gain understanding as they address racism and its impact on our children.” This is accomplished through a series of…

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Message from the Executive Director (April 2024)

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. We are effective in changing the lives of our CASA kids because of the commitment and dedication of our volunteer CASAs. This work is intense and draining. It is heartbreaking and joyful — on the same day.   I am immensely grateful each day for our volunteers and the…

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Family Court Welcomes New Administrative Judge

In January 2024, Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco took the helm as the new Administrative Judge of the Family Division in Allegheny County. Judge Hens-Greco was elected to the bench in 2005 and has served in the Family Division for the past 19 years. She has served on the Supreme Court’s Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee and…

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Newly trained CASAs Sworn In

Eight newly trained CASAs will be sworn in as representatives of the court by Administrative Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco on May 16, 2024. Our new advocates bring a wealth of interesting and diverse experiences to advocate for children. Among our group we have nutritionists, teachers, engineers, analysts, and individuals with personal experience in foster care and…

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Family Court Bar Association learns about ACEs

On April 17th, CASA program director Danielle Morrison presented a Continuing Legal Education workshop, co-hosted by the Hon. Nicola Henry-Taylor, to the Family Court Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Danielle’s presentation focused on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect children and adults. ACEs are factors such as living in a home where intimate…

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Save the Date! Volunteer Workshop in August 2024

CASA volunteers are invited to attend a half-day workshop on August 19, 2024, entitled Interrupting Racism for Children, presented by Child Advocates of Indianapolis. Stay tuned for more information about this critically important session to improve our service to children, their families and the court. 

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Message from the Executive Director (February 2024)

“Reports of child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania are rising after dropping during the pandemic, data shows.” Saturday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shares the latest report from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, an advocacy group who analyzed five years of data identifying trends in how families are moved through local child welfare systems. The report shared something that…

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Founder of CASA Movement Passes Away

Judge David W. Soukup, the founder of the court-appointed special advocate/volunteer guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) movement, passed away in December 2023 at the age of 90. Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives without sufficient information, Judge Soukup conceived the idea of using carefully screened and trained community volunteers to speak for…

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Your Impact: A Message from the Executive Director (December 2023)

We are grateful to the twenty-eight (28) donors who contributed $6,758 to CASA of Allegheny County on Giving Tuesday, November 28, in celebration of this Global Day of Generosity. During this holiday season, we cannot be more thankful for those who share our mission of relentlessly advocating for kids who have been abused by a…

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