Friends of Alaska CASA held its 21st Annual Silent Quilt Auction at the University Center on November 25, 2017. We are tremendously grateful for the 111 extraordinarily talented and generous quilters from Anchorage, Bethel, Big Lake, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Palmer, Unalaska, Wasilla and Willow, as well as quilters from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Washington, who donated a record-number 227 quilted treasures. Nearly $29,950 was raised through the sale of the quilts, raffle tickets, and cash donations!>> Read More
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Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) is pleased to offer travel scholarships to its board members and CASA volunteers to attend training and other events. This is an important part of our mission to build and maintain the competency of those supporting our CASA programs. In order to ensure the funds are used in the most responsible way possible and to comply with federal guidelines for nonprofit organizations, the following polices apply for use of FAC travel funds.
For more information on the new travel policy and procedures, please see the attached FAC Travel Policy.
Since 1991, Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) has supported those whose mission it is to protect vulnerable children. As FAC nears its third decade we open a new chapter. We are now accepting applications for associate membership. By becoming a membership organization FAC will strengthen and deepen its existing relationships with the communities we serve and the community-at-large. Do you share our commitment to protect vulnerable children and families? Interested in court appointed special advocacy or supporting their work? Complete our FAC Associate Member Application 2017 and return to membership [at] friendsofalaskacasa [dot] org.
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for a person to support Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) every time that he/she shops using Amazon, at no cost to the individual. FAC is a registered public charitable organization with AmazonSmile. When an individual shops at AmazonSmile, he/she will see the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to FAC.>> Read More
Approximately 200 quilts have been donated and will be available for bidding. Come see beautiful locally created quilts and contribute to a great cause!
Join us Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 11-3PM at the University Center Mall in Anchorage, AK!
By Gloria O’Neil
As a new member of the National CASA Board of Trustees, I am honored to bring a tribal perspective to one of the greatest issues facing Alaska Native people: the crisis in child protection. Despite efforts by the state court system and child protective services agencies, disproportionality and disparity in child protective custody for Alaska Native children have persisted and intensified over the past thirty years. We must do better. This is the time to think comprehensively, to take our experiences and the lessons we have learned and make systemic change to improve outcomes for Alaska Native children.>> Read More
More than 300 children in the YK Delta region are in the State of Alaska’s child protection system because of abuse or neglect. To help meet their needs, the state Office of Public Advocacy plans to expand its Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASA) program to the Bethel area this fall.>> Read More
By Michael Schwietert
Alone. Confused. Unorganized. These are words that describe my time in the foster care system. I was placed in foster care at the age of 3 and reunited with my mother at 5. During the time away from my mother, I was able to see things from a different point of view, from a really unstable point of view. I was able to see many different homes from many different standpoints, and it was then I realized that I was my own best friend. There were never adults to share much time with me. Other youth in each home looked at me differently, and many were thrown off by my skin color. I became self-reliant and trained myself to go through the motions, home after home.>> Read More