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**The September CASA Training class is currently full. Those interested in a future training or placement on a wait list are encouraged to complete the application, but will likely not be placed in the upcoming training cycle. Our next CASA Training dates are in September 2024. Volunteers participate in 30+ hours of pre-service training to […]

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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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May is #NationalFosterCareMonth and we want to help spread awareness. 

Did you know that nationwide there are over 391,000 children and youth in foster care? 

We are so thankful for all of the amazing foster parents, kinship placements, and organizations out there that step in and step up for the kids in care. You do not have to be a foster parent or placement to make a difference though. Showing up in a genuine and authentic way during their time in foster care and beyond, can help provide stability that kids may not experience otherwise. Whether you are a coach, mentor, teacher, placement, or CASA advocate, you have an opportunity to help them grow. 🌱

 #nonprofit #communitysupport #casagallatincounty #ittakesavillage #bozemanmt #childwelfare

May is #NationalFosterCareMonth and we want to help spread awareness.

Did you know that nationwide there are over 391,000 children and youth in foster care?

We are so thankful for all of the amazing foster parents, kinship placements, and organizations out there that step in and step up for the kids in care. You do not have to be a foster parent or placement to make a difference though. Showing up in a genuine and authentic way during their time in foster care and beyond, can help provide stability that kids may not experience otherwise. Whether you are a coach, mentor, teacher, placement, or CASA advocate, you have an opportunity to help them grow. 🌱

#nonprofit #communitysupport #casagallatincounty #ittakesavillage #bozemanmt #childwelfare
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🌟Community Spotlight🌟

Today we want to give a shout out to the @forkandspoonbozeman in Bozeman! 

This amazing restaurant program offers a "pay what you can" style of dining and . They are an important asset to our growing community and we want to make sure everyone is aware of them. 

They are open Monday -Friday from 5pm to 7pm for both dine in and takeout. Each meal is prepared daily from scratch and is absolutely delicious. Whether you are in need of an already paid for meal or you are looking for a way to support the community, the door is open for you. 

 #communitysupport #casagallatincounty #bozeman #nonprofit #Montana

🌟Community Spotlight🌟

Today we want to give a shout out to the @forkandspoonbozeman in Bozeman!

This amazing restaurant program offers a "pay what you can" style of dining and . They are an important asset to our growing community and we want to make sure everyone is aware of them.

They are open Monday -Friday from 5pm to 7pm for both dine in and takeout. Each meal is prepared daily from scratch and is absolutely delicious. Whether you are in need of an already paid for meal or you are looking for a way to support the community, the door is open for you.

#communitysupport #casagallatincounty #bozeman #nonprofit #Montana
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May is #NationalFosterCareMonth 💙

Throughout the month, we will be giving you real life tips on how to be a support for foster parents, strengthen families, provide opportunities, and engage youth in care! Parenting of any kind takes a village full of love and constant learning and we at CASA/GAL of Gallatin County want to make sure the community feels well equipped to be that village of support. 

 #bozeman #ChildWelfare #casagallatincounty #ittakesavillage #communitysupport #nonprofit

May is #NationalFosterCareMonth 💙

Throughout the month, we will be giving you real life tips on how to be a support for foster parents, strengthen families, provide opportunities, and engage youth in care! Parenting of any kind takes a village full of love and constant learning and we at CASA/GAL of Gallatin County want to make sure the community feels well equipped to be that village of support.

#bozeman #ChildWelfare #casagallatincounty #ittakesavillage #communitysupport #nonprofit
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We are so very thankful to Salchicha for hosting our donor lounge again this year during Give Big. Kait and the Salchicha team were incredibly generous and kind, making for a welcoming and successful experience for all. Thank you for being an amazing supporter of CASA/GAL and our mission to serve vulnerable children and families! @shopsalchicha #GiveBigGV

We are so very thankful to Salchicha for hosting our donor lounge again this year during Give Big. Kait and the Salchicha team were incredibly generous and kind, making for a welcoming and successful experience for all. Thank you for being an amazing supporter of CASA/GAL and our mission to serve vulnerable children and families! @shopsalchicha #GiveBigGV ...

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT! We couldn't be more humbled and grateful for each and every donation received today. Thank you for your generosity and support of our mission.  Give Big is an amazing example of the heart of our community and we are so thankful to be a part of a network of amazing non-profits and a community that cares. A very special thank you to One Valley Community Foundation for hosting this event for 10 years, for giving us all an opportunity to support one another and share our missions with the greater community!  THANK YOU!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT! We couldn`t be more humbled and grateful for each and every donation received today. Thank you for your generosity and support of our mission. Give Big is an amazing example of the heart of our community and we are so thankful to be a part of a network of amazing non-profits and a community that cares. A very special thank you to One Valley Community Foundation for hosting this event for 10 years, for giving us all an opportunity to support one another and share our missions with the greater community! THANK YOU! ...

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