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45 Mins.

Adoptive Couple V. Baby Girl

Radio Lab presents the story of a three-year-old girl in the Supreme Court- Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. This legal battle has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

15 Mins.

After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care on His Own Terms

All Things Considered shares the story of 21-year-old Noel Anaya, who on his final day as a foster youth, reads a statement in Santa Clara County court explaining how he feels the foster care system failed him and his siblings.

45 Mins.

Aging Out

Talk of the Nation discusses that for as many as 20,000 teenagers annually who "age out" of foster care, there is little help in meeting the challenges of paying their own rent, affording health care and covering their living expenses.

30 Mins.

Aging Out and Finding Connections

The Foster Movement Podcast interviews former foster youth, Jessica, who persisted through college as a single mom, became a caseworker for the state and how she impacts the lives of other aging out youth so that they have the connection to mentors that she never had.

60 Mins.

Anatomy of Doubt

This American Life brings to us the story of a former foster care youth who was not believed when she reported a sexual assault. A story about doubt: how it germinated, spread, and eventually took hold of an entire community, with terrible consequences.

30 Mins.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Poverty in America Edition

In On the Media’s fifth and final installment of the series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we learn the tools to spot shoddy reporting and the knowledge to identify coverage with insight.

30 Mins.

Family Separations: Paying a Price for Child Protective Services

On The Brian Lehrer Show, lawyers and judges share how they must often decide whether the risks to a child at home outweigh the risks of separating a family.

15 Mins.

Foster Youth Experience: Amanda

In this National CASA Podcast, hear former foster youth Amanda Metivier and Alaska State Director Marion Hallum discuss Facing Foster Care in Alaska, a foster youth advocacy program.

30 Mins.

Foster Youth Experience: Jessica

National CASA presents Jessica Hildebrand, who shares her experience of being in foster care and emancipating out of the system.

15 Mins.

Helping Youth Succeed: A Former Foster Youth’s Story

In part one of a National CASA two-part series, hear Michael describe his experiences with the foster care system and Rhode Island CASA and share how he was able to overcome the odds.

1.5 Hrs.

Inside NYC Family Courts

Reporter Joaquin Sapien joins The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his article, Dysfunction Disorder, about the powerful family court system in New York City.

30 Mins.

Rags to Riches

In the third installment of the series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we hear a discussion of one of our country's most fundamental notions: that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all. And we ask why, in spite of a wealth of evidence to the contrary, does this idea persist?

15 Mins.

Stories From Youth

In this National CASA Podcast, hear a conversation between a youth who was recently emancipated from foster care and a youth currently in state care.

1.75 Hrs.

Surviving Foster Care

The Leonard Lopate Show introduces Ashley Rhodes-Courter, who spent much of her childhood bouncing among fourteen different foster homes. She explains how the system failed her, and what she’s doing now to help out today’s foster kids and parents.

15 Mins.

The Criminal Justice System

On The New Yorker Radio Hour, Jennifer Gonnerman shares excerpts from the interviews she recorded with Kalief Browder, in which he described the psychological toll of spending years in solitary confinement as a teenager.

30 Mins.

The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

On The Leonard Lopate Show, Cris Beam talks about her experience as a foster mother, and describes what it’s like for children growing up in the foster care system.

30 Mins.

The Poverty Tour

In the first episode of On the Media’s 5-part series, “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” we examine how the story of poverty gets told and whether media attention makes a difference.

30 Mins.

Using Foster Care as a Punishment

The Leonard Lopate Show hosts journalists Stephanie Clifford and Jessica Silver-Greenberg, who investigated how children have been placed in foster care by the Administration for Children’s Services in NYC's poorer neighborhoods for reasons that wouldn’t lead to the same outcome in more affluent communities.

15 Mins.

What New Legislation Can Mean for Foster Care in the US

Here and Now discusses how, for the first time, federal reimbursement will be available to states that provide foster care services. This follows President Trump’s signing into law the Family First Prevention Services Act, aimed at keeping children with their families and not in foster care.

60 Mins.

What's Going On In There

On this episode of This American Life, a teenager reports what it is like to be inside an abusive relationship with an older man.

30 Mins.

When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You

In the fourth installment of the series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we examine the strengths and shortcomings of our nation's safety net. Government assistance does help lift millions out of poverty each year, but those in the most dire circumstances often slip through the cracks.

45 Mins.

Who Deserves to be Poor?

In the second installment of “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” we trace the history of welfare in America and how many in poverty fall through the cracks.

15 Mins.

Why Foster Care Students in Seattle Are Beating the Odds

On this episode of NPR’s series, “Take a Number,” we hear about the many reasons that foster youth struggle in school. Treehouse, a nonprofit organization that aims to help youth in foster care, sheds light on the educational struggles of foster youth and how they work overcome it.

Recorded Presentations

60 Mins.

All Families, All Children

Develop a greater understanding of the strengths, challenges and value of LGBTQ adults, parents and families, what they can offer a CASA/GAL program, and how to better serve these children in your role as a CASA or GAL volunteer.

1.25 Hrs.

Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities: The Safe Babies Court Team Project

Lucy Hudson, director of the Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Teams Project, provides an overview of this Zero to Three initiative, which has engaged several CASA/GAL programs across the country. You can also download a PDF of the webinar.

60 Mins.

Getting to Zero: Shutting Down Girls’ Pathways into Incarceration

Published on May 11, 2017 as part of Vera Institute of Justice’s Speaker Series, Prof. Francine Sherman discusses system level juvenile justice reforms for girls with a focus on family violence—one of the specific pathways that leads girls into the system.

30 Mins.

Mental Health & Homelessness: A Closer Look

Thanks to Natasha Pasternack, Queens Borough Coordinator, we have access to this 30-minute pre-taped webinar.

1.5 Hrs.

Mitigating Implicit Bias and Disparity in the Juvenile Court System

Learn how the court, the data and the CASA/GAL program are working together to identify and mitigate bias and address disparity within their judicial district. This webinar provides positive, practical approaches for CASA/GAL programs and their judicial partners to collaboratively address disproportionality and disparate outcomes for foster youth.

60 Mins.

Parents with LGBTQ Youth - Working Toward Healthy Futures

This webinar gives participants a better understanding of the connection between the behaviors of parents (caregivers) and the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth. Led by National CASA Training Director Anthony Petrarca.

2.5 Hrs.

“Psychotropic Drugs 101: Psychedelic Shack…Is That Where It’s At?”

This webinar is recommended for staff and volunteers who work with children on prescription medication or would like to know more about medications commonly prescribed to children in foster care.. Hosted by Portland Oregon CASA Supervisor Stephen McCrea.

2 Hrs.

Stop and Frisk? A Presentation by The Morris Project

Learn about how the Stop and Frisk this policy impacted a Bronx community. In 2017, the Morris Project reported its findings from two years of documenting experiences with the police in the Morris Avenue section of the south Bronx, a 40-block neighborhood near Yankee stadium.

1.5 Hrs.

The Gecko Project - Championing Resiliency in Your Organization

This webinar provides an overview of an organizational model for staff and volunteer resiliency that was recently piloted by five CASA programs. The project was conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin. The presenter provides concrete examples of what worked in a CASA program and tips on becoming a “resiliency champion” in your organization. Download the PDF of webinar slides.

1.5 Hrs.

They Call Us Monsters

Filmmakers follow three teens in a California facility for violent juvenile offenders, focusing on adult sentencing, reforms and second chances. This opportunity requires access to Netflix.