Meet Our Manager of Analysis & Outcomes!

Meet Megan Ondr-Cooper, CASA of St. Louis’ Manager of Analysis and Outcomes. Megan has had a busy year! She wrote a blog series on Excel for The IllumiLab blog, served as a guest panelist for Washington University’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Program Evaluation, is the leader for a new National CASA Association sub-committee for developing outcome measures, and was elected to the board of the Evaluation Association of St. Louis.

Megan took some time to answer a few questions about her work!

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Swearing In Ceremony, 7-12-19

Meet our newest class of CASA volunteers! On July 12, we happily welcomed 10 new Court Appointed Special Advocates to the CASA team. The Honorable Steven R. Ohmer, St. Louis City Family Court administrative judge, performed the swearing in and spoke to the importance and value of the CASA work.

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Joy In July

Children and youth in foster care often have most of their decisions made for them. Where they live. Where they go to school. If and when they will see their family. Imagine having little to no control over the most basic aspects of your life. Naturally, it can feel overwhelming, frustrating, and disheartening to feel like no decision is your own. It can quickly feel as if things are spiraling out of control.

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Celebrating Pride Month

Each June Pride Month events are held throughout the United States to celebrate the progress the LGBTQI community has made as well as acknowledge the challenges still faced to achieve full equality. This celebration occurs in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. In the early morning of June 28, 1969, a raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay nightclub, sparked several days of riots which ultimately served as the launch of the modern gay rights movement.

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Juneteenth

“The people…are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor”

General Orders, Number 3, Major General Gordon Granger

June 19, 1865

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Reunification Month

The month of June recognizes the efforts made year round to help keep families together. Foster care is not meant to be forever. Because of the significance and integrity of the family unit along with the importance of maintaining lifelong connections, the primary goal for children when they enter foster care is to be reunified with their biological family. In fact, this is also the most common outcome. The connection with family not only provides children contact with their household unit but also the cultural, social, community, and religious networks and settings with which they are familiar.

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CASA of St. Louis (STLCASA) Welcomes 15 Child Advocates

The first graduating class since our name change from Voices for Children, CASA of St. Louis (STLCASA) is thrilled to announce the swearing-in of 15 new child advocates. On Tuesday, April 30th surrounded by their family, friends, and STLCASA Staff, 15 new volunteers became Court Appointed Special Advocates officially answering the call to speak for children in foster care.

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Dreams Come True with STLCASA

CASA of St. Louis (STLCASA) welcomed more than 250 supporters to The Chase Park Plaza Hotel for our annual Foster the Future Gala on Friday, April 26, 2019. This always popular event is the single largest annual fundraiser for STLCASA, supporting the important work we do representing their best interests in court and in the community.

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All In, Kids Win

Our partners with the Family Court of St. Louis County featured CASA of St. Louis on their Community Partners Podcast “All In, Kids Win.” During episode 22 Chief Executive Officer Steve Moergen joined host Marlon Chambers and discussed the mission of STLCASA, how we function as an organization and his journey within the organization beginning as a CASA Volunteer.

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2019 Emerson Child Advocate of the Year Announced!

Congratulations to Robert (Bob) Edwards on being named the 2019 Emerson Child Advocate of the Year! This award recognizes an outstanding Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer who has made significant contributions in advocating for abused and neglected children and youth in foster care by representing the best interests of the child(ren) they serve.

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#CDL4HSD: Continuing A Lifetime of Personal & Professional Advocacy

The entire team here at Voices for Children | CASA of St. Louis would like to wish our Director, County CASA, Volunteer and Community Engagement Cheryl D. Latham good luck as she seeks re-election to the Hazelwood School District (HSD) Board of Education. A dedicated and passionate advocate for children in both her personal and professional life, Cheryl has a 12-year tenure with HSD and more than 25 years of experience as a social service professional.

Thank you for your relentlessness dedication to the welfare of St. Louis’ children!

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Linda Mathson

Voices for Children | CASA of St. Louis recognizes March as Women’s History Month. In honor of women’s contributions they make in our communities, Voices for Children | CASA of St. Louis is highlighting various female members of our team who work day in and day out to represent children’s best interests in court and in the community.

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Amy Ruiz

Voices for Children | CASA of St. Louis recognizes March as Women’s History Month. In honor of women’s contributions they make in our communities, Voices for Children | CASA of St. Louis is highlighting various female members of our team who work day in and day out to represent children’s best interests in court and in the community.

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Kasserian Ingera: Celebrating Black History Month

Every February, our country honors African-American culture during Black History Month. It’s a time of celebration, but also a time to reflect on the hardships African Americans have faced and continue to face. The ongoing struggle is reflected in the fact that a disproportionate number of African-American children are in foster care.

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What Dr. King's Legacy Can Remind Us About the Child Welfare System

Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday reminds us of his impact on philanthropy and social justice will be everlasting. On the anniversary of his birthday, we’d like to revisit some of MLK Jr.’s most powerful words and use them as guidance in the upcoming year:“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”

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Why Should You #Tag15? Meet Korrie

Daily, our staff encounters children like Korrie who through no fault of their own, were removed from the care of their parents and brought into state custody. These children, who have the most to gain or lose, have the least power in the decisions made by the court and the professionals who are responsible for their well-being.

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