June 2014 Newsletter
Benefit Golf Tournament July 2014
The 8th annual golf tournament benefiting CASA of the Continental Divide will be held this year at The Club at Cordillera Valley Course in Edwards.
The tournament will be Monday, July 14. Entry fee is $300 per person or $1200 per foresome. Entry fee includes 18 holes, lunch, silent auction and prizes.
Please pass the word to golf fiends who might be interested in this opportunity to play at such a beautiful course.
To register, click here or call the CASACD office at 970-513-9390.
CASACD Office Changes
As many have heard, Ron has moved on to bigger and better things. We at CASACD wish him the best and thank him for his service here during the past months.
The great news is that Hannah has returned as an advocate manager on a part-time basis. Hannah’s new email will be HannahO@www.mtncasa.org.
Also, Lynn, our office manager, has put her house up for sale and will be moving when it sells. We will miss the great work she has done for us in the office but, again, wish her luck in all her future endeavors. So while we will have another opening in the office eventually, the email for this position remains: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescheduled CASACD Volunteer Dinners
The volunteer dinners scheduled for May have been changed to the last week of July, exact dates TBD, in hopes that more people can attend. Stay tuned for more information.
Open Cases that need CASA’s!
One female child 15 years old.
Two female children 4 and 2 years old.
Two children, one male 10 yo and female 13 yo.
Two female children ages 13 and 2.
Two female children 8 and 1 years old.
Clear Creek County:
7 new cases!!! Tell us what you want and we probably have it!
New Law Affects CASA Cases
SB 14-062 will become law as of August 6. In summary, it states that if parental rights are terminated, a 15 year old (or younger if part of a sibling group) can have parental rights reinstated if there is no adoption after 3 years (or less time if it is in the child’s best interest and with certain findings made.) If you have any questions about whether this affects your cases, please call the CASACD office.
Optima Updates and Hints
* COPY & PASTING TEXT INTO OPTIMA TEXT BOXES:
If you need to copy and paste information (text) from other documents or an approved court report into a newly created court report in Optima, it is very important to copy the text in plain text format.
To copy text into any Optima text box from a Word document, for example, it must be in a plain text format. To create a plain text document, first open a Word document. Select FILE and then select SAVE AS; this allows you to rename the document. Rename the document: Plain Text Word Document and then change the FORMAT to: Plain Text (.txt). Lastly, save the Plain Text Word document to your desktop for easy access.
* To complete a new court report, see the Court Report work instructions. Part one is the what goes into the court report. Part two addresses the how to create/data entry a court report in Optima.
These work instructions were mailed to all CASAs. You can also access them on the CASACD website here. Please read these work instructions and document the time you spent reading these work instructions in your training log. The instructions for doing this are also on the same page of the website.
Upcoming Events / Trainings / Webinars
* Colorado CASA State Conference, June 21. Free, and lunch provided. Meet other Colorado CASAs, learn skills, and get continuing-education hours. Call the CASACD office if you want to carpool. Register by clicking here or call the CASACD office at 970-513-9390.
Summit CASA office room 101:
* Thursday, June 19, noon-2pm
* Tuesday June 24, 5-7pm
Avon: Meetings will be held at the Avon Library:
* Thursday, June 12, 10am-noon
* Tuesday, June 18, 5-7pm
If you need access to commonly used CASA forms or templates, use our public file for CASA.