June is LGBTQ Pride Month! This month-long observance celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and is held in June of each year to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots – a major turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, both… Read more »
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It’s December, and with that comes the holiday season! Throughout this season, many CASA programs will be upping their recruitment, awareness and fundraising efforts. As an organization working to expand our diversity and inclusion efforts, it is important to be mindful of the many diverse holidays celebrated during this time. To be clear: It is… Read more »
Recently, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary updated their definition of the word “they”. This new entry explicitly recognizes they as a pronoun to refer to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary. “Emily Brewster, a senior editor for Merriam-Webster, said factors like the growing practice of soliciting or giving out one’s pronouns, the growing number of people who… Read more »
It’s LGBTQ Pride Month! This month-long observance celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and is held in June of each year to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots – a major turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, both in… Read more »
Interested in incorporating racial liberation and equity into your personal and professional life, but not sure how to start? Check out this Racial Equity and Liberation Virtual Learning Series from the group Move to End Violence – it’s a free, six-week online course! The series dives deeply into topics like: self-reflection and locating oneself, expanding… Read more »
April 28, 2019, is Blue Sunday – a day where congregations all over the U.S. pray for the victims of child abuse and those who care for them. This day, observed on the last Sunday of Child Abuse Prevention Month every year, is a great opportunity for CASA programs to connect with local communities of faith…. Read more »
March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination transgender people still face. As you may know, a disproportionately high number of children in foster care are LGBTQ, and transgender… Read more »
The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) works to increase the equity and effectiveness of child welfare practice through diverse partnerships that focus on workforce systems development, organizational interventions and change leadership. NCWWI’s recent newsletter contains a host of resources and online learning opportunities related to racial equity: A 6-part webinar series co-hosted with the… Read more »
According to Psychology Today, “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” Microaggressions can be committed against any such group marginalized in our society – people of color, LGBTQ people,… Read more »
In everything we do, CASA is committed to protecting the best interests of all children – and the reality is that a disproportionately high number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children and youth are in the child welfare system, many having been abandoned by their families due to their LGBTQ identity. CASA… Read more »