Blogs

Thoughts About Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Vicarious trauma (compassion fatigue, secondary PTSD, or countertransference) is a big deal. I think as CASA volunteers we are all too aware of this—we see members of our interdisciplinary teams dealing with its reality every day: department workers overloaded with cases; agency workers, foster parents, friends and family constantly dealing… Read more

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What is Child Abuse Prevention?

The Department of Health and Human Services recently published its 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide is meant to help service-providers understand the best approaches to child abuse prevention. It begins with an explanation of what child welfare professionals call “protective factors,” which are the opposite of… Read more

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How Far We’ve Come

We’ve been on an amazing journey the last few months tracing the origins of Child Advocates – Denver CASA. Our intent has been the creation of a 20th anniversary video to commemorate the history of the organization. When we first set out, we knew that we wanted to convey twenty… Read more

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SHEDDING LIGHT ON OUR VOLUNTEERS – PART 2: FACING (AND REPORTING) FACTS

So what separates court appointed special advocates from other volunteers who work with foster youth? There are many organizations which may do advocacy or mentorship work for youth in foster care, such as the Youth Advocacy Program; the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center; teachers; medical providers; personal attorneys; and family members…. Read more

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A caregiver’s protection, nurturance and guidance speeds recovery and supports the child’s coping in the face of trauma.

Several years ago, I worked in a residential treatment facility housed to over thirty boys and girls with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems, such as: conduct disorders, reactive attachment, PTSD, victims of abuse, etc. The facility treated children who were dis-regulated and seemingly ‘out of control’ kids… Read more

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Why Shame the U.S.?

A report came out in January called “Shame on U.S.: Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm.” Many people heard about the report on public radio. The report was created by the Children’s Advocacy Institute, which is a research… Read more

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The Coming Year

This coming year is already off to a great start. Our first training of the year is already full and it looks like we have a waiting list! So what else is happening next year? An important focus for us next year is community. We’re really looking to extend our… Read more

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Adoption Month

I didn’t know the exact history of National Adoption Month and so I looked it up. There’s a nice overview here , but to sum it up, National Adoption Month was originally a week. It was started in 1976 by Governor Michael Dukakis in Massachusetts and the idea was pretty much… Read more

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