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August 4, 2010 - 11:04am
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, community, fundraiser, food.

Genesee County CASA for Children is having a Chicken BBQ on August 13th from 12pm-6pm in the parking lot of the CourtHouse at 1 West Main St. Batavia, NY.  All proceeds to benefit the abused and neglected children in Genesee County that are served by dedicated volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Tickets are $8.00 pre-sale and $8.50 at the event.  Dinners include chicken, salt potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, and rolls.  This event is being catered by Tom Roviso Catering of E. Pembroke.  Tickets can be purchased by stopping in to CASA at the Courthouse (inside Family Court waiting area), by calling Tara Pariso at 344-2550 ext. 2331, or from any CASA board member or volunteer.

Please show your support for the hard work that CASA does to ensure that all children find safe, permanent homes.

May 26, 2010 - 1:17pm
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, community, events, food, public awareness.

Tomorrow will be an important day for our county.  Nearly 20 agencies have worked together to bring information to the hands of individuals that may have not known where to turn when help was needed.  The Forgotten Children Event will include a display in front of the Courthouse of cut-outs representing children in foster care in Genesee County, a processional walk starting at 12:15pm from City Hall to the Courthouse, a Batavia Area Jaycees $1 Hot Dog Stand, free healthy snacks to the public, and information bags filled with brochures & program information.  This event is to raise awareness of all the children in Genesee County that live in foster care, services that are available to men, women, and children, and a chance to show support of all the wonderful people that our county has working to make this a better place to live.  A sample of agencies include Genesee County Dept. of Social Services, YWCA, Girl Scouts, RAP, Inc., Genesee Justice, GCASA, WIC, Community Action, All Babies Cherished, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.  This event is open to the public and is FREE!

May 4, 2010 - 3:36pm
posted by Tara Pariso in community, fundraiser, children, CASA for Children.

Here is a fun and easy way to show your support of Genesee County CASA for Children.  On May 12th starting at 11am, with every voucher turned in at check-out, Applebee's will donate 10% of the check amount to CASA for Children.  These funds will assist CASA in advocating for abused and neglected children in Genesee County.  By being a positive, constant role model for children of abuse, CASA volunteers are able to advocate for safe, permanent homes for children, increasing their chances at future life success.

To show your support, come out and enjoy great food at Applebee's in Batavia on May 12th.  A voucher is needed in order for funds to be donated to CASA.  The voucher can be located and printed at :  www.co.genesee.ny.us. Click on the CASA link and scroll to the bottom where you'll see Abblebee's Voucher link.  For more info or to learn how you can become a CASA volunteer, contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 ext. 2331 or [email protected].

April 25, 2010 - 7:49pm
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, community, volunteer.

 Tomorrow 4/26/10 6-7pm there will be an information session at 430 E Main St. Batavia (GCASA) for anyone interested in learning more about CASA for Children and how to become a volunteer CASA.  If you are interested and can't make the information session please call Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 ext. 2331 or email at [email protected]


April 12, 2010 - 10:27am


Are You Looking to Volunteer & Make A Difference in Your Community?
Then Make Sure To Attend
Genesee County CASA for Children’s
Information Session
Monday April 26, 2010
430 East Main St.
Batavia, NY 14020
(GCASA conference room, 2nd floor)
CASA volunteers are people just like you and I, with no set experience or training just a drive to help children in the community. Learn what it means to be a CASA, apply to be a volunteer, and hear from experienced volunteers what it’s like to be a CASA.
Every child involved in Family Court due to abuse and neglect need a caring, dedicated CASA volunteer. Come see how you can be their powerful voice!! Call Tara Pariso @ (585) 344-2550 ext. 2331 for more details
February 3, 2010 - 9:34am
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, events, business, home repair, trade shwo.
                            Batavia Area Jaycees 57th Annual Home, Garden, & Trade Show
The Jaycees are excited about having their 57th annual show this year on February 27th & 28th at Batavia Downs Casino.  We are still looking for vendors and would love to bring more variety to our attendees.  If you own a business, or work for one that deals with any aspect of the home/rental unit, please consider being a part of this year's show.  What better way to showcase your business than a 2 day show right here in our community.  Not only are homeowners looking for renovations and repairs, but renters are also looking for ways to spruce up their living spaces.  Come show the community what your business can do for them.  Booth price this year is only $325!!
Space is limited, first come, first serve.  Please contact Tara Pariso @ [email protected] or 343-5775 for vendor details.
January 12, 2010 - 9:06am


At the 3rd Annual Grant Recipient Luncheon for the Kelly For Kids Foundation, held on January 11, 2010 at Ilio Dipaolo’s restaurant in Blasdell, NY, Genesee County CASA for Children received a grant for $2,500 from the Kelly For Kids Foundation. This grant came out of the support of Terry Hills Restaurant and Golf Course. Each year Terry Hills chooses grant recipients that work with children in the community for such funds for hosting the tournament put on by Jim Kelly.
Genesee County CASA for Children would like to thank Terry Hills, Mr. Kelly, and the Kelly For Kids Foundation for their generous support. The funds from this grant will assist CASA in continuing our mission to provide trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of those children who come to the attention of Family Court as a result of abuse or neglect. CASA’s hope for this upcoming year is to recruit and train at least 5 new advocates that will be able to take case assignment and advocate for the abused and neglected children in our community.
If you would like information on becoming a CASA volunteer, contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 x 2331 or [email protected].
January 11, 2010 - 4:13pm
posted by Tara Pariso in dining, entertainment, fundraiser, community events.

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 12, 2010, Genesee COunty CASA for Children will be having a Pizza Hut "FUN"draiser.  To show your support for CASA, all you have to do is pick up a coupon and eat in or take out from Pizza Hut tomorrow and 20% of the total sales will be donated to CASA for Children.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non profit organization that provides abused and neglected children in Genesee County with a trained volunteer advocate that monitors court orders, advocates for safe and permanent placement, and is a consistent positive person in the child's life.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer advocate, or donating to CASA for Children, please contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 x 2331 or [email protected].  There are always more children in our community that are in need of a CASA.

October 13, 2009 - 9:56am

This program is supported by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Genesee County Youth Bureau There are many ways in which individuals can become more active in their community, and one of the most satisfying ways is to find an organization you care about and volunteer your time.  Genesee County CASA for Children is a non-profit organization that advocates for abused and neglected children in our community.  By becoming a volunteer advocate, you would be giving a child a powerful voice during what can be daunting court proceedings in Family Court. 

A CASA advocate monitors court orders, maintains a relationship with the child or children invovled, makes reports and reccomendations to the court about safe, permanent placement of the child or chidlren, attends court proceedings, and gathers all case information to be reported back the the family court.

On average, after training, an advocate spends between 8 and 10 hours a month on their assigned case.  It has been shown that chidlren who have a CASA are more likely to be in safe, permanent homes, and have better opportunities for success later in life.  If you think CASA might be the organization that you would fit into, please don't hesitate.  Their are hundreds of children right here in Genesee County that are in need of a CASA.

Please contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 x 2331 or [email protected] for more information and application.

This program is supported by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Genesee County Youth Bureau



August 20, 2009 - 3:45pm
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, news.
Every year in Genesee County hundreds of children are abused and neglected and end up without a home to call their own. On average, these youth spend more than two years in the child welfare system and can be moved as many as 15 times, wreaking havoc on their education, friendships and sense of belonging. Although the number is staggering, the Genesee County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is helping to make a difference. The CASA program makes a positive impact in the lives of these children by training volunteers to advocate on behalf of their best interest in court. CASA volunteers help to secure safe, permanent homes where foster youth can thrive.
Currently our local CASA program has nine volunteer advocates. But there is a great need for more volunteers. With your help, we’ll be able to make sure these children can safely be returned home or, when that can’t happen, be released for adoption.
Our vision is to have a volunteer advocate for every abused or neglected child that comes to the attention of Genesee County Family Court.
To learn more abour CASA, becoming a Volunteer, or making a donation, please call (585) 344-2550 ext. 2331. 
You can help ensure that the children in Genesee County are placed in safe, permanent homes.  Volunteer to help one child at a time.




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