Author: Angie Jones

Looking back on 2020 it is easy to see only the negatives. We acknowledge that there were many negative things that occurred in 2020 and we have learned greatly from some of those things.  However, as we reflect on what the past year has brought...

Adoption is something we see on a regular basis.  The primary goal when children enter foster care is to see the children reunified with their family.  Unfortunately, there are times when that cannot occur safely, and we see children find safe and permanent homes through...

“911, What’s your emergency?”  Sobbing, “Mommy and Daddy are fighting.” The call continues for over 8 minutes as the young child alternately begs for the police to come, cries, and tries to protect her younger siblings.  We use this recording each time we train new volunteer advocates.  It...

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255. When I think about suicide, I think of the mothers I know who have lost children to suicide.  They never stop grieving.  They grieve for the child they lost.  They grieve for the...

Kids are back in school!  Some parents have anxiously been awaiting the day they could send their children back to brick and mortar school since March.  Some parents have made the decision to home school even though they never had that in their family plan...

What do you celebrate?  Most of us celebrate significant events and milestones.  We celebrate births, engagements, weddings, graduations, promotions, and other major life events.  We celebrate Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving.  We recently celebrated Juneteenth more collectively than ever before and this year...

Recently I was thinking about icebreakers… those little questions or activities used at meetings and trainings, meant to lighten the mood, build a connection, or get to know each other.  Last year when I was presenting training for a group of new CASA advocates, I...