Continuing education is as easy as reading a book or watching a movie.

See below for a list of recommended articles, books, movies, films and documentaries that you can enjoy for continuing education credit with SFCASA. 

For each item, contact our Training Specialist with your reflections on themes within the piece, what struck you most significantly, how it impacts your understanding of your case and your role as a CASA, and any questions it brought up.


Articles

When Should a Child Be Removed from His Parents?, The New Yorker, August 2017. 
(1.5 CE, Permanency) 

Some themes you may want to comment on include: cultural humility, power dynamics, conflicts of interest, fear/distrust of the system, intergenerational dynamics, and/or systemic racism

Why America's Black Mothers are in a Life or Death Crisis, The New York Times Magazine, April 2018. (1.5 CE, Access to Healthcare) 

Some themes you may want to comment on include: cultural humility, power dynamics, disparity and disproportionality, intergenerational dynamics, and/or systemic racism

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma by Junot Diaz, The New Yorker, April 2018. (1 CE, Permanency) 

Some themes you may want to comment on include: cultural humility, power dynamics, conflicts of interest, fear/distrust of the system, intergenerational dynamics, and/or systemic racism

Foster Care as Punishment: The Reality of the new ‘Jane Crow’, The New York Times, July 2017. (1 CE, Permanency)


BOOKS

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris


filmS & DOCUMENTARIES

The F Word Series Online (1.5 CE)

A 6-part docuseries about a queer couple's journey to parenthood through foster-to-adoption process. 

Congratulations, You're On Your Own: Life After Foster Care (1 CE)

This documentary follows young adults going through the process of finding their way after foster care. 

Notes from the Field by Anna Deavere Smith (1.5 CE)

This one-woman show dramatizes accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes underprivileged, minority youth out of the classroom and into incarceration.

Frontline: Poor Kids (1 CE)

Through the stories of three families told over the course of half a decade, Frontline explores what poverty means to children in America.