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May 23, 2024

In the parenting journey, one of your most pivotal roles is nurturing a love of learning in your children. This passion for knowledge and discovery enriches their childhood and lays the foundation for a fulfilling, lifelong pursuit of learning. You wield the unique power to ignite and maintain this flame. But how do you ensure this spark doesn't flicker out in the hustle and bustle of life? Today, Court Appointed Special Advocates explores some effective strategies to get you started.

March 25, 2024

Dawn Barnes, a dedicated Goochland/Powhatan Court Appointed Special Advocate since 2016, has made a significant impact on numerous families and children through her work. According to Renae Townsend, her case supervisor, Dawn is a super-CASA.

February 07, 2024

This month we celebrate Black History Month to honor African American heritage in the United States and share stories of Black achievement. We honor the men and women who blazed trails in our country, pushing us forward and recognize their bravery and the threats they faced to do so. It is especially important for those in the child welfare community to recognize these brave activists and reformists, as Black children are overrepresented in the child welfare system relative to the general population.  To better serve Black children and reduce their risk of entering the system it is critical that we respect and embrace their perspective, culture, and history. In celebration of Black History Month, we’ve chosen to elevate the stories of Black men and women who played a significant role in improving the lives of children and advancing both the fields of social work and child welfare. Let us celebrate their achievements, continue their work, and strive for continued progress in their memories.    

December 11, 2023

Child sex abuse can have devastating and long-lasting effects on a child's physical, emotional, and psychological health.

November 29, 2023

Possessing a passion to help children is key to making a difference in their lives as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a program that sees neglected and abused minors through the Juvenile Court system with trained adult volunteers. In the case of Goochland/Powhatan CASA Dianna Gordon, that passion as a CASA volunteer is complemented by a background of public service.

November 07, 2023

Navigating the challenges of modern parenting can be overwhelming. With the pace of life accelerating, it becomes imperative for parents to employ smart strategies that make their daily routines less chaotic. The journey to a structured life need not be daunting. Goochland Court Appointed Special Advocates shares some effective techniques designed to help parents champion the art of organization.

October 12, 2023

Ms. Renae Townsend was invited to speak at the Powhatan Rotary Club this morning.
“Every child is entitled to a safe and permanent home.” This is the guiding principle of the National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program, says Renae Townsend, Executive Director of Goochland CASA. Ms. Townsend said Powhatan County will soon be sharing expertise and resources of its neighboring Goochland CASA program, which trains and equips qualified volunteers. The two counties each benefit from this partnership. According to Renae Townsend, the expanded program is awaiting official approval from the National CASA organization. Goochland CASA was invited to come to the 11th district by Judge Royall. The effort to expand the presence of Goochland CASA into neighboring Powhatan County has been approved by Goochland CASA’s governing board. “We’re excited to expand our program into Powhatan,” says Townsend. [Full article will be posted to the Goochland Gazette]

October 02, 2023

A secure and safe neighborhood isn’t just a matter of chance -– it’s a result of collective efforts by the residents who care about the well-being of their community. You can help create an environment that fosters safety and security for all by actively engaging with your neighbors, implementing smart strategies, and maintaining open lines of communication. Goochland CASA explores seven essential steps to keeping your neighborhood safe.

September 20, 2023

September was first declared as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in 2008.

September 06, 2023

Want to support Chesterfield CASA...and YOUR non-profit organization? Come walk (or run) in the 2023 SUPERHERO 5K !!!

August 24, 2023

Goochland CASA volunteers can help connect the dots between various systems to ensure that information is shared when appropriate, to get the best possible outcomes for children and youth.

August 23, 2023

Children who have experienced abuse or neglect are involved with multiple systems: the court system, the child welfare system, the health care system, and the school system. 

August 18, 2023

Appointed by a judge, CASA volunteers interact and build relationships..

August 17, 2023

A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to have  a better  outcome: children performed better academically and behaviorally in school as measured by whether or not they passed all of their courses, whether or not they were expelled and their conduct performance.

August 16, 2023

CASA’s represent the child in court, school, health checkups and other areas where children would need adult support. They are the eyes and ears of the court on behalf of a child. These volunteers are unbiased and have the child’s best interests in mind but nurturing & supporting the children in the face of adversity.Without having someone in their corner, to cheer them on, check up on situations and be able to confide in, children can be misrepresented and feel alone. This makes the role of the CASA very important, not only for the judge who they are reporting to but also the child(ren) who needs the attention and care of the adult to develop. These caring volunteers minimize negative situations and provide positive relationships and experiences for the child(ren) in care. As a community, we must provide opportunities for children and youth in the foster system to overcome  family situations and adverse childhood experiences that could potentially negatively affect their lives.

August 15, 2023

In today's fast-paced world, it can be easy to neglect our health. But neglecting our health can have serious consequences in the long run. The good news is that it's never too late to start healthy habits. Incorporating simple changes into our daily routine can make a significant impact on our health and well-being. In this guide, Goochland CASA provides you with practical tips to lead a healthy lifestyle that lasts.

August 07, 2023

A child or youth in foster care may have additional challenges and concerns about starting a new school year.  Here are five tips to help prepare for Back to School for Foster Children:

August 07, 2023

Many Goochland students and teachers are headed back to school soon! There are two basic protective factors we can use to help our kids thrive and have a successful year at school.

August 07, 2023

Did you know every time you shop THE THRIFTY QUAKER it brings you and those in need together!

July 24, 2023

Goochland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) will be raffling off this beautiful handmade quilt with SKATEBOARDING motif !! 

July 07, 2023

“Be kind and open minded,” is the secret to helping young people, said Marcialyn Ellis, longtime volunteer for young people as a Goochland Court Appointed Special Advocates [CASA).  The nonprofit agency is committed to advocating for abused and neglected children involved in the court process due to concerns for their safety and well-being.

June 22, 2023

The 7-2 Supreme Court decision is an enormous victory for Native children, Native families, and Tribal Nations. Through the Court’s decision, ICWA has been affirmed as constitutional and tribal sovereignty, further strengthened all while placing the best interest of Native children above all others in ICWA cases. This ruling supports the work that Tribal Nations have done over decades to ensure that Native children remain with or connected to their families, Nations and culture throughout their lives.

June 22, 2023

Each year, Goochland CASA recognizes families who have overcome obstacles to providing a safe and loving home for their children and are able to reunify after their child was placed in the child welfare system.

June 08, 2023

It is heartwarming to see communities come together to support a good cause. Stitchers for a Cause, led by Jim Otto, is a perfect example of this. The group, which operates through the Glen Allen Church of Christ program, uses their skills to create beautiful quilts that benefit various organizations.

May 30, 2023

Over the last 10 years, Cheryl has been a volunteer for Goochland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). As a CASA, she served as a voice for eight different children in court.