- Linking Information About Learning Disabilities
A two-day virtual conference for all about learning disabilities, ADHD, and related disorders. October 15-16.
- 2021 Virtual Teen Conference (Planned Parenthood)
An interactive, virtual learning experience for parents and caregivers of teenagers.
- Through Our Eyes (Sesame Workshop)
Four part docuseries from the perspective of children. Parts 1 & 4 are most pertinent.
- Catholic Charities Hope and Healing Programs
Crisis counseling, meditations, yoga, crafts and more. Full calendar of events starting in June.
- National CASA Training Opportunities
Webinar series offered by Nat’l CASA on “Human Trafficking and Drug Endangered Children.
- CASA of NJ Online Training
Counts towards annual in-service training requirement
Advocacy Tip #1
Enter contact notes as soon as possible so they have immediacy! They will be a more accurate record of what you heard than if you wait and let your mind ‘process’ the information.
Advocacy Tip #2
In your Contact Logs in Optima, always check the box next to the child the contact was about, even if the child was not present for the conversation!
Advocacy Tip #3
The primary source is always your best source of information! For example, if a resource parent mentions how a child is doing at daycare, reach out to the daycare and talk to the teacher or make an appointment to observe the child at daycare; if the resource parent discusses a trip to the pediatrician, contact the pediatrician to get the records; etc.
Advocacy Tip #4
Use the court report as a guide to your monthly contacts. Think about the people in each section that could provide the best information about the child and communicate with them regularly.
Advocacy Tip #5
Ask questions – be aware of our human tendency to fill in gaps by making assumptions – keep asking questions and get your source to paint the entire picture for you.
Advocacy Tip #6
Remind parties that you are reporting to the court (particularly if folks are slow to get you information). Sometimes that is a powerful reminder!
Advocacy Tip #7
Maximize your court efficacy by ensuring:
- you are clearly identified as a participant so the court staff cannot overlook you,
- you join Zoom early and are prepared to wait (your time slot is just an estimate),
- and you are prepared to speak-up succinctly and clearly when it is your turn!
Teen Advocacy Forum
Teen Advocates meet each month to share experiences, resources, successes, and to problem solve.
All meetings begin at 5:30pm.
Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81527565360 Meeting ID: 815 2756 5360
- Tuesday, September 28th
- Thursday, October 28th
- Tuesday, November 23rd
- Thursday, December 23rd