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Roane County CASA Resources


The following resources are available to be signed out at the CASA office on the third floor of the Roane County Court House.




  • Someone There for Me (Everyday Heroes through the eyes of teens in foster care) Foreword by Antwone Fisher; Edited by National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (2 copies).


  • Lighting the Way (Volunteer Child Advocates speak Out) Forward by Anna Quindlen; Edited by National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.


  • A Child’s Journey Through Placement; Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D.

The figures are shocking: testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Children and Families identified over 500,000 U.S. children as being in out-of-home placement in a combination of foster care, mental health facilities and juvenile justice programs. These are the children—victims of broken attachments—at great risk for sociopathology as adults.


  • A Man Named Dave; Dave Pelzer; In A Man Named Dave, Dave Pelzer has delivered the fitting conclusion to a monumental series of books about courage and triumph. In this powerful book Pelzer demonstrates, as few have, that it is in the darkest skies that the stars are best seen. Author of A Child Called It and The Lost Boy.


  • Help Yourself; Dave Pelzer; “I know something about resilience. For the first twelve years of my life I was subjected to practically every form of continuous physical and psychological torture you could imagine. I should have died. After I was rescued from my alcoholic mother and fortunate enough to be placed in the care of others, there were a few who boasted that because of my extreme situation I would either end up dead or in prison-the odds against me were insurmountable. I never saw it that way. If I learned anything from my unfortunate childhood it is that there is nothing that can dominate or conquer the human spirit. This is the essence of the message I wish to present to you. (From-Help Yourself.)


  • How to Get Loose From a Snapping Turtle (Before it Thunders) James L. Cotton, Jr.

The author was raised in the mountains of East Tennessee. As a young boy, he formed a deep sense of affection for the remarkable ability of Appalachian people to concoct innovative and sometimes unusual solutions for life’s everyday problems. For years, including a two-decade career in law and on the bench, the author kept a journal of the homespun “remedies, cures and fixes” he had learned since boyhood from a wide diversity of mountain folks, now preserved in this book. Judge Cotton serves on the adjunct faculty of Roane State Community College and lives in Oneida, Tennessee with wife Lisa and their two children.


  • A Question of Balance (Decision Making For CASA/GAL Volunteers) Janet L. Ward ( 9 copies)


  • Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care; Mitchell Rosenwald and Beth N. Riley; A guide to getting the best out of the system for caregivers and practitioners.


  • Making Reasonable Efforts: Steps for Keeping Families Together. National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Child Welfare League of America, Youth Law Center, and National Center for Youth Law. (3 copies)

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