4th Annual CASA Superhero Walk/Run! (New Format This Year)


Join us Sunday, October 30th for CASA’s 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk.  Come dressed as your favorite superhero or just as you are and enjoy a day down by the river with CASA staff, volunteers, and other area non-profits.  This year, for the first time ever, we are partnering with GENEROSITY PHILLY!


Logistics:          BIB PICKUP TIME:    7:30 am;     START TIME:   9:00 a.m.

Register today!   Please go to the CASA PHILADELPHIA EVENT page and claim one of the participant slots by clicking “REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.”  You will have three options:

- Individual participant

- Join a team

- Start a team


Demystifying the IEP: In-service Training for Volunteers

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Calling all CASA and EDM volunteers!  Come and join Dr. Lisa Dissinger and Ms. Amy Eisen on November     3, 2016, 6-8 pm in the MLK conference room at the Friends Center (3rd Floor, 1501 Cherry Street) for a discussion of how to advocate for your child’s educational needs based off of their individualized educational plan (IEP).  Dr. Dissinger and Ms. Eisen will focus on how to look at the basic components of an IEP and how they can inform "good" educational decisions and advocacy, whether you are an EDM or CASA volunteer. All attendees are encouraged to bring in questions and concerns about their individual child's IEPs.

Dr. Dissinger is a child psychologist and certified school psychologist who works in many private and public schools in the Philadelphia area. She also volunteers for CASA as an EDM volunteer and will be available this year to provide additional supervision to EDMs with children in residential placement.

Ms. Eisen has been serving students with special needs, their families and teachers for over 35 years. Her professional background includes pediatric occupational therapist, certified school psychologist and, most recently, school administrator. Ms. Eisen also is available to provide additional supervision to EDMs for children with special needs who attend area public schools.


Please RSVP to Program Director Cynthia Mason at  You will receive 2 hours of in-service training credits for attending this training.



Advanced Isses for EDM Volunteers: In-service Training for Volunteers

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join Education Law Center attorney and CASA Board President Maura McInerney, Esq. in an advanced training for EDM volunteers.  This is a good training for EDM volunteers who want to explore complex issues in their cases.  More details TBA.

Volunteers will receive 2 in-service training hours for attending this training.

Please RSVP to Program Director Cynthia Mason at:


Stand-alone EDM Training: Apply today!

5:00pm - 9:00pm

This year, CASA was awarded a grant from Impact100 Philadelphia to develop our Educational Decision Maker (EDM) program.  An EDM volunteer is an individual who has been screened and trained by CASA Philadelphia and appointed by the court to serve as the legal “parent” for children in out-of-home care who do not have anyone to make educational decisions on their behalf.

We are looking for:

~Someone who forms a direct relationship with the child.

~Someone who will visit that child as needed to address educational concerns.

~Someone who will have contact with school personnel, caseworkers, and placement facility staff about the child’s educational needs.

~Someone who will attend school meetings and review appropriate school records.

A background in education is preferred, but not required.

This stand-alone training is designed for volunteers who would like to train to be EDM volunteers only.

Send in your application today!