CASA Bob McLarty had one of his 4 cases close recently when his CASA teen turned 18. Kudos to Bob for all of your hard work on the case and helping the young man with all that is involved in aging out of the system!
Leslie and Robert Tarallo have taken on a 14th case in addition to their already existing 2 cases. Their newest case is that of a 9 year old boy who is the half sibling of the 2 children in one of their other cases. Huge thanks to Robert and Leslie for always making a difference in the lives of their CASA children.
Jan Redmond has taken on her 2nd case involving 3 children ages 6, 4 and 1. Thank you, Jan, for your dedication to these children!
Tawnya Allaire has now taken on the other 3 children in the 6 children case to which she is assigned. This is in addition to her baby case that is nearing adoption. Tawnya, your CASA children could not be in better hands!
1st Contact Logs Due
14th Lyndsie out of office attending CAM
17th – 21st Patti out of office
21st CASA Case Support meeting, 10 am to 12 noon, Payson 2nd floor conference room
21st Terrific Teens, 1:30-2:30 pm, Payson 2nd floor conference room
26th Dysfunctional Families training (1st), 2:30-4:30 pm, Payson 2nd floor conference room (2nd training Wednesday, April 2, same time, same place)
Judi Tennien comes to CASA of Gila County with a CASA background! She was a CASA in Maricopa County for two years before moving to Payson. Teaching was Judi’s profession for twenty years. When she retired from teaching she and her husband opened their own outdoor newsstand in Tempe. Judi is the sister of our longtime CASA, Leslie Tarallo. Together they sing in the church choir and the Payson Community Chorus. She also volunteers at the Payson Library, the local ReadOut Program, Mt. Cross Cares children’s program and enjoys being a speaker for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, Judi heads up a Presbyterian women’s group that bakes and sends cookies each month to Afghanistan military bases.
Judi has taken on her first CASA case and is proving to be a wonderful asset to the child in her case as well as the CASA of Gila County program.
1st Contact Logs due
7th Mental Health Training, 10:00-11:00 am, 2nd floor conference room
CASA Case Support, 10:00-12:00 noon, 2nd floor conference room
17th Presidents’ Day, CASA Office Closed
19th Terrific Teens 1:30-2:30 PM
Southwest Behavioral Health Services Cedar St Office
21st Domestic Violence Training, 10:00-11:00 am, 2nd floor conference room
CASA Case Support, 11:00-12:00 noon, 2nd floor conference room
28th Best for Babies, 10:00-11:00 am, 2nd floor conference room
Domestic Violence Training, 1:00-2:00 PM, CASA Office
CASA Case Support, 2:00-3:00 PM, CASA Office
What gives CASA volunteers the legal right to medical/psychological records, legal records, etc.?
The legal right to information begins with Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) ¶ 8-522, which provides the right to information on the child and the child’s family.A CASA volunteer is appointed to a case by the presiding juvenile court judge. Through a court order, the juvenile court authorizes the CASA volunteer to conduct research on its behalf. The court order states in part:ORDERED all public and private agencies and individuals, without limitation, who possess records and information about any child herein and the extended family of any such child, shall allow this CASA volunteer access to the child and such records and information, including the copying thereof, without consent of the child, parents or extended family thereof.
The court order is a powerful tool for the CASA. As such, it should be used with discretion. While it is important to have on hand if someone the CASA is interviewing is not willing to share information, or does not understand where the CASA volunteer’s authority to have the information comes from, CASA volunteers should be judicious in their use of that authority.
For more frequently asked questions and answers click on the link to your right entitled “More CASA Q & A”