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CASA/GAL of Gallatin County celebrates BE LOVE DAY!

WHAT IS BE LOVE?
BE LOVE is a growing movement of courageous acts to achieve justice, which we define based on these words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

BE LOVE seeks to strategically define and unleash the true power of love to unite humanity, cultivate true peace, and create the Beloved Community. The movement has a three-pronged call to action:

(1) Be educated on what it means to Be Love
(2) Build inward character and outward community and
(3) Be a part of creating a more just, humane, equitable and peaceful world

https://thekingcenter.org/belove/

CASA/GAL of Gallatin County celebrates BE LOVE DAY!

WHAT IS BE LOVE?
BE LOVE is a growing movement of courageous acts to achieve justice, which we define based on these words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

BE LOVE seeks to strategically define and unleash the true power of love to unite humanity, cultivate true peace, and create the Beloved Community. The movement has a three-pronged call to action:

(1) Be educated on what it means to Be Love
(2) Build inward character and outward community and
(3) Be a part of creating a more just, humane, equitable and peaceful world

https://thekingcenter.org/belove/
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CASA volunteers aren't just doing a job, they are investing in the lives and future of children with their heart and soul. ❤️ #changeachildsstory

CASA volunteers aren`t just doing a job, they are investing in the lives and future of children with their heart and soul. ❤️ #changeachildsstory ...

Wishing you all a safe and special Independence Day!

Wishing you all a safe and special Independence Day! ...

Freedom! CASA/GAL of Gallatin County joins in the celebration of Juneteeth, Freedom Day, Jubilee - rejoicing in the official emancipation of enslaved African Americans. We acknowledge the historical trauma and disparity that has resulted from slavery and discrimination, and celebrate the positive steps forward. #changeachildsstory

Freedom! CASA/GAL of Gallatin County joins in the celebration of Juneteeth, Freedom Day, Jubilee - rejoicing in the official emancipation of enslaved African Americans. We acknowledge the historical trauma and disparity that has resulted from slavery and discrimination, and celebrate the positive steps forward. #changeachildsstory ...

June is #NationalReunificationMonth and we want to celebrate the importance and positive impact of reunification. 

We train our advocates that when possible, to help bridge the gap between foster families and biological parents. Positive partnerships between birth parents, caregivers, caseworkers, and older youth increase the chances of successful reunifications. 

We hope this month sparks great conversations on how we all can better support reunification! 💙

 #childadvocate #casagallatincounty #Montana #StrongerTogether #volunteersmakeadifference

June is #NationalReunificationMonth and we want to celebrate the importance and positive impact of reunification.

We train our advocates that when possible, to help bridge the gap between foster families and biological parents. Positive partnerships between birth parents, caregivers, caseworkers, and older youth increase the chances of successful reunifications.

We hope this month sparks great conversations on how we all can better support reunification! 💙

#childadvocate #casagallatincounty #Montana #StrongerTogether #volunteersmakeadifference
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Are you looking for more resources to help you understand the child welfare system? 

We recommend reading Garbage Bag Suitcase by Shenandoah Chefalo. Rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐ on Goodreads, this is a must read for anyone wanting to be or already involved in foster care. 

"Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman's journey to over-come her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system." 

Let us know below if you have read it or are planning to read!

 #ChildWelfare #FosterCareMonth #childadvocate #casagallatincounty #Montana #goodreads #fridaybookfeature

Are you looking for more resources to help you understand the child welfare system?

We recommend reading Garbage Bag Suitcase by Shenandoah Chefalo. Rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐ on Goodreads, this is a must read for anyone wanting to be or already involved in foster care.

"Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman`s journey to over-come her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system."

Let us know below if you have read it or are planning to read!

#ChildWelfare #FosterCareMonth #childadvocate #casagallatincounty #Montana #goodreads #fridaybookfeature
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As #FosterCareMonth comes to an end, we hope the conversation around how to improve foster care doesn't. 

CASA/GAL of Gallatin County aims for our advocates to connect foster youth to the opportunities they need to grow. Foster youth are experts on their own lives and we want to empower them to make informed decisions about the services and support they receive and who they receive them from. 

According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, "In 2021, an estimated 77% of eligible youth in foster care, ages 14-21 years old, left care without receiving federally funded services necessary to prepare them for adulthood and independent living."

Here at CASA/GAL, we provide our advocates with a list of services that can benefit both the child and the family as a whole. Head to our website to see the services that Bozeman has to offer and make sure to pass it on! 
https://gallatincountycasagal.org/community-resources 

 #bozemanmt #StrongerTogether #casagallatincounty #ChildWelfare #childadvocate

As #FosterCareMonth comes to an end, we hope the conversation around how to improve foster care doesn`t.

CASA/GAL of Gallatin County aims for our advocates to connect foster youth to the opportunities they need to grow. Foster youth are experts on their own lives and we want to empower them to make informed decisions about the services and support they receive and who they receive them from.

According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, "In 2021, an estimated 77% of eligible youth in foster care, ages 14-21 years old, left care without receiving federally funded services necessary to prepare them for adulthood and independent living."

Here at CASA/GAL, we provide our advocates with a list of services that can benefit both the child and the family as a whole. Head to our website to see the services that Bozeman has to offer and make sure to pass it on!
https://gallatincountycasagal.org/community-resources

#bozemanmt #StrongerTogether #casagallatincounty #ChildWelfare #childadvocate
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We want to take a moment to say thank you to all of the brave men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and freedom. Today we hope that everyone remembers and honors them and their families.

The CASA/GAL of Gallatin County office will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day. 

 #casagallatincounty #bozemanmt #StrongerTogether #MemorialDay #rememberthefallen

We want to take a moment to say thank you to all of the brave men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and freedom. Today we hope that everyone remembers and honors them and their families.

The CASA/GAL of Gallatin County office will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day.

#casagallatincounty #bozemanmt #StrongerTogether #MemorialDay #rememberthefallen
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It is #FosterCareMonth and we are looking to shed some light and understanding on older youth and young adults aging out. 

Data shows that extended foster care is associated with improved access to services and positive outcomes for older youth ages 18 to21. Nearly 65% of youth in extended foster care, through their 19th birthday, received more services, than older youth not in extended foster care. 

CASA/GAL of Gallatin County trains our advocates that when able, to stay involved with their kids past case closure or aging out. We want to be a stable person and a guide to resources they can use. Being aware of services available to them, can be the difference between stability and instability. 

Head to our website to stay informed on all things CASA and keep up with the posted articles! https://gallatincountycasagal.org/news-events 

 #bozemanmt #childadvocate #casagallatincounty #nonprofit #MentalHealthMonth #ChildWelfare

It is #FosterCareMonth and we are looking to shed some light and understanding on older youth and young adults aging out.

Data shows that extended foster care is associated with improved access to services and positive outcomes for older youth ages 18 to21. Nearly 65% of youth in extended foster care, through their 19th birthday, received more services, than older youth not in extended foster care.

CASA/GAL of Gallatin County trains our advocates that when able, to stay involved with their kids past case closure or aging out. We want to be a stable person and a guide to resources they can use. Being aware of services available to them, can be the difference between stability and instability.

Head to our website to stay informed on all things CASA and keep up with the posted articles! https://gallatincountycasagal.org/news-events

#bozemanmt #childadvocate #casagallatincounty #nonprofit #MentalHealthMonth #ChildWelfare
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⭐️Volunteer Spotlight⭐️

We want to take a moment to thank and honor Connie for all of her hard work and dedication to CASA/GAL of Gallatin County! 

Connie, originally from Canada, has been in the Bozeman area for 28 years. She was a nurse for the Belgrade School District and helped develop the health department screening for kids 0-5 years! Due to her career path, she is a very natural advocate and an asset to our organization. 

We asked her what about the CASA mission excites her. She said, " Being a CASA doesn't just end. CASA is not against family and is trying to help build people up in the community."

Thank you Connie for all that you do!

 #casagallatincounty #bozemanmt #nonprofit #communitysupport #childadvocate #volunteersmakeadifference

⭐️Volunteer Spotlight⭐️

We want to take a moment to thank and honor Connie for all of her hard work and dedication to CASA/GAL of Gallatin County!

Connie, originally from Canada, has been in the Bozeman area for 28 years. She was a nurse for the Belgrade School District and helped develop the health department screening for kids 0-5 years! Due to her career path, she is a very natural advocate and an asset to our organization.

We asked her what about the CASA mission excites her. She said, " Being a CASA doesn`t just end. CASA is not against family and is trying to help build people up in the community."

Thank you Connie for all that you do!

#casagallatincounty #bozemanmt #nonprofit #communitysupport #childadvocate #volunteersmakeadifference
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Today is #InternationalDayofFamilies 🌎

Kinship care placements with relatives and close friends have increased from 14% in 2006 to 22% in 2021 and we would love to see those numbers continue to grow. Allowing children to maintain relationships with relatives or kin can increase stability, reduce trauma, and help children maintain cultural connections and a sense of belonging. 

We want to remind everyone that no two families look the same. If you are feeling like you don't have anyone around you today, take a look around at your friends or colleagues, they can be your family too. Better yet, go put your arm around someone today and be their family. 💙

 #childwelfare #ittakesavillage #NationalFosterCareMonth #communitysupport #casagallatincounty #bozemanmt #montanamoment

Today is #InternationalDayofFamilies 🌎

Kinship care placements with relatives and close friends have increased from 14% in 2006 to 22% in 2021 and we would love to see those numbers continue to grow. Allowing children to maintain relationships with relatives or kin can increase stability, reduce trauma, and help children maintain cultural connections and a sense of belonging.

We want to remind everyone that no two families look the same. If you are feeling like you don`t have anyone around you today, take a look around at your friends or colleagues, they can be your family too. Better yet, go put your arm around someone today and be their family. 💙

#childwelfare #ittakesavillage #NationalFosterCareMonth #communitysupport #casagallatincounty #bozemanmt #montanamoment
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