The Connection and Three Success Stories

We recently added a new item to the Additional Resources section of the Current Volunteers page. The Connection, a quarterly magazine produced by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), contains child welfare news of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem.

Each issue contains a feature story, perspectives from the partner and legal communities, tips for volunteers and much more.

The Connection's Fall 2012 feature article—"Improving the Odds for Children Through Educational Advocacy"—contains stories highlighting the successes of three guardian ad litem programs in the arena of educational advocacy.

"Many people in the child welfare system—including the young people who have transcended it—will tell you that the single most important factor in enabling youth to achieve success is educational achievement," the article's introduction states. "How do we ensure that children in the care of the state receive the education they deserve?"

The three stories demonstrate that "through focused efforts and community collaborations, we can make great strides toward giving abused and neglected children an opportunity for a better life."

You can read the entire feature article or jump to an individual success story.

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