Tulsa CASA Holiday Toy Drive

Each year, Tulsa CASA hosts a holiday party for CASA children and their families. We provide food and activities, and children can even have their picture made with Santa. Each child gets to pick a toy, and families receive baskets of food (courtesy of local law firm Crowe & Dunlevy).

While we cannot host an event this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to provide toys and baskets for CASA children and their families. We welcome donations of new, unwrapped toys of all varieties. Examples of toys we will accept include dolls, puzzles, story and chapter books, board games, and baby toys. We will accept toy donations until December 3, 2021. If you wish to donate a toy or toys, contact Paisley Kliewer at paisley.kliewer@tulsacasa.org to coordinate drop-off.

Tulsa CASA is a nonprofit organization, and our tax ID is 73-1312870. Your in-kind donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

The Need for Male CASA’s

CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocate) have proven to be so important in the lives of my children over the last six years. Sometimes they are the longest lasting mentor that these children have while in foster care. They love, they care, they help, they mentor & they speak up for what is in the best interest of each child during such a confusing & scary time. But often, they stay in that child’s life long after their “job” is over because they become part of their ‘family’ or support system.
Our sweet baby boy got a new CASA advocate last week. Out of so many CASA’s, this is the first time EVER over the last six years to have a male CASA!
It got me thinking about percentages, so I reached out to find that about 80% of CASA’s are women & only 20% are men. Understandably so, but wouldn’t it be cool to have more men who could be strong mentors & role models to fill the gap for boys in foster care? I am so thankful that this man chose to fill the gap for this child & be a strong, positive male influence in his life!
Men! If you have the time, the energy & the passion for kids in foster care—I ask that you look into becoming a child advocate. Look into changing children’s lives & growing that 20%. Become the voice for children who don’t often feel like they have one.

Post shared from: www.facebook.com/RealLifeFosterMom

We Are All In This Together

It has been 3 weeks since Tulsa CASA officially suspended in-person visits to children and families. Some of our volunteers haven’t seen their CASA kiddos in a month or more! While social distancing is hard, our advocates have not missed a beat. They’ve even gotten quite creative in their virtual contacts with families, using apps and games over FaceTime to keep in contact and maintain connection. We just want to say THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers. Many of them are juggling work, “homeschooling”, family life, and CASA. We are so proud of the commitment and dedication they give to the families they work with everyday.

Happy Boss’s Day, Liz!

Happy Boss’s Day to our very own “World’s Best Boss” Elizabeth Fisher! A fun fact about our office: we love ‘The Office’. Here’s 3 fun facts about our Executive Director!
1. Liz has two birthdays
2. She’s the youngest of 5 siblings
3. Her whole family drives Jeep Wranglers

TU Kappa Alpha Theta’s Visit Tulsa CASA

Kappa Alpha Theta at The University of Tulsa started off their work week at Tulsa CASA this morning! Nationally, Theta chapters around the country have supported CASA for over 25 years. Since 2012, the Theta’s at TU have raised more than $60,000 for our organization through on-campus fundraising! They also help with CASA Casino and our Holiday Party each year. We’re thankful to have their support and wish them a great week in recruitment! #TulsaCASAlovesTulsaTheta

New SmartBoard = Improved Trainings

Thank you to the Gelvin Foundation for providing a grant that allowed Tulsa CASA to purchase a SmartBoard! We are so excited to use it for improving our training sessions, lunch & learn’s and in-services.