Today we worked two different gates at the Boone County Fair, encouraging people to buy raffle tickets, attend the Roast on the 18th, or just hear about CASA for the first time. If you’d like to do any of those things call us at 815 547-6599.
Thank you to board members Tasha and Julie for coming out today! If you ever wonder why CASA volunteers do the hard jobs they do take a peek at this letter below, originally posted on Foster Care and Adoption. This was written by a child who was simply asked what he wanted most in a family.
From the MattressFIRM website–
Have you heard of The Birthday Party Project? It’s an organization, based out of Addison Texas but holding parties even in the Chicago area, focusing on the birthdays of homeless children. So often, children experiencing poverty and homelessness are forced to be concerned about the big things, the things that are necessary for survival: shelter; food; getting to and from school. The things that many of us take for granted, like celebrating holidays and birthdays, are treats beyond compare for these little ones. The Birthday Party Project tries to close that gap and make sure that any kid turning another year older will get to celebrate.
To learn more about The Birthday Party Project click here.
Have you heard of Vinson Filyaw? If not, or if his name sounds vaguely familiar, remember that he was a construction worker who abducted a 14 year old girl on her way home from school by impersonating a police officer. Vinson then forced the girl, Elizabeth, into an underground bunker where he chained and abused her. While he kept her, over the course of days, Elizabeth managed to talk him into letting her entertain herself on his phone. Instead of plying the promised games, Elizabeth texted her mother her location. Elizabeth, pretending to have Vinson’s best interest in mind, convinced him to flee before the police showed up. He was caught, not far from the hole Elizabeth was found in.
There are a few things not commonly known about Filyaw’s case. One is that Filyaw had a previous victim, a 12 year old girl, whose home he snuck into while her mother was sleeping and abused. The child told her mother, who did not appear to act on the report. The child then went on to tell a counselor, setting off a manhunt for Filyaw. The second, related part of this story is that both Filyaw’s paramour and his mother helped him hide in several underground bunkers, thus paving the way for Elizabeth’s capture.
Unfortunatly, these types of situations aren’t unknown to social workers, CASAs, and police officers. There is one parent abusing and the other is equally as actively abusing or knowingly allowing the abuse to occur. Why is this? Why would a person either allow or be talked into accepting deviant, violent behavior in their partner?
This article from WPTZ is a great reference to that question. It says-
Luckily, and mostly because of her quick thinking and mature character, Elizabeth, now in her twenties, is making a happy life for herself. She has partnered with her local police department and gives speeches on safety and self defense at schools. Elizabeth said she uses her experience to remind herself of her inner strength but says that mostly she has moved past the violence.
Yesterday Charlotte got to hear a presentation from the Winnebago County Housing Authority and came back to share what she learned. These included-
- most people make it through the housing authority’s programs in about five years
- the housing authority serves people of all ages
- the housing authority is beginning a new initiative for foster youth who age out of care
- the Winnebago County Housing Authority and the Rockford Housing Authority are different entities
- the housing authority is currently seeking someone for its Board as a representative of Boone County
For more information see this page from their brochure or visit them at http://wchauthority.com/.
Consider these situations, given as examples of people in need of support in recovery, published at Elements Behavioral Health–
If you need help applying for All Kids in the local area you can go to either the Rockford, Belvidere, or Loves Park Crusader Clinics. For questions you can call (815) 490-1600.