CASA volunteers train with foster children advocate


Foster children advocate Holly Schlaack, seated in the middle, is pictured with Clinton County CASA volunteers. The CASA volunteers are, from left seated, Diana Groves and Kenna Edwards; and, from left standing, are Kathy Vincent, Lorry Swindler, Clinton County CASA Director Kim Vandervort with the Juvenile Court, and Kent Vandervort.

Foster children advocate Holly Schlaack, seated in the middle, is pictured with Clinton County CASA volunteers. The CASA volunteers are, from left seated, Diana Groves and Kenna Edwards; and, from left standing, are Kathy Vincent, Lorry Swindler, Clinton County CASA Director Kim Vandervort with the Juvenile Court, and Kent Vandervort.


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Clinton County CASA volunteers attended an in-service training Sept. 12 hosted by Warren County CASA. The event featured Holly Schlaack, the author of “Buddy: A View from the Pumpkin Seat”.

Schlaack spoke to the volunteers about trauma and advocating for children ages newborn to 3.

She has devoted her career to advocating for foster children. She is a former Children Services case worker and guardian ad litem charged with representing the best interest of abused and neglected infants and toddlers in court.

Schlaack created and managed an award-winning program, Building Blocks, while supervising and mentoring Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

She also co-founded the Southwest Chapter of the Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health.

Schlaack trains nationally on topics related to protecting and supporting very young children.

She also wrote “Invisible Kids: Marcus Fiesel’s Legacy”.

Foster children advocate Holly Schlaack, seated in the middle, is pictured with Clinton County CASA volunteers. The CASA volunteers are, from left seated, Diana Groves and Kenna Edwards; and, from left standing, are Kathy Vincent, Lorry Swindler, Clinton County CASA Director Kim Vandervort with the Juvenile Court, and Kent Vandervort.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Holly_casa.jpgFoster children advocate Holly Schlaack, seated in the middle, is pictured with Clinton County CASA volunteers. The CASA volunteers are, from left seated, Diana Groves and Kenna Edwards; and, from left standing, are Kathy Vincent, Lorry Swindler, Clinton County CASA Director Kim Vandervort with the Juvenile Court, and Kent Vandervort. Courtesy photo