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If a child is swimmiNg iN peaNut butter -
be their jelly

I would describe myself as a passionate and fierce child advocate, fulfilling my purpose-filled life of serving abused and neglected children as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA. My “lived experiences” and complicated past paved the way for me to become a child advocate. The journey was not easy, and through sharing my “misplaced childhood” story, I seek to empower youth with a past like mine to find resiliency and discover their voice. I also seek to inspire all people with a heart for hurting children trapped in the child welfare system we call--foster care--to answer my call to action and join the ranks of the volunteer CASA/GAL movement nationwide. Kids are the future of our community, and they are in crisis now.


I would love to hear from readers and persons interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Send your comments and questions. I'll answer as quickly as I can. Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you. 

To find a CASA/GAL program in your home state, please contact The National CASA/GAL Association.

You can connect with me below to learn more about child advocacy, schedule book club appearances and special events, or order personalized copies of Misplaced Childhood.

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WOAI San Antonio Living: Texas Author Advocates for Children in Foster Care; November 28, 2023 

WGRZ News Buffalo NY: Volunteer Plays a Big Role Helping Children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate; October 25, 2023

Buffalo Scoop: Mount Mercy grad Joan Meaney Ulsher to Visit Dog Ears for book-signing event; October 11, 2023

Stable Moments Podcast: #74: Become a Child Advocate with Joan Ulsher; Interview by Rebecca Britt; August 29, 2023

From Foster to _______ (blank) Podcast: “Joan”; Interview by Dr. Danisha Keating, PhD; August 2023

Child Advocates San Antonio: CFA Video Submission; June 2023

San Antonio Report: CASA looks to double volunteers; May 2023

Child Advocates San Antonio: FY 2022 Annual Report: 2022 Advancing the Mission Award; December 2022

San Antonio Construction News: December 2022: “Advocates, the heart of the system,” Page 2


KENS5 News San Antonio: Forever Family Segment; September 2022


San Antonio Business Journal: Nonprofit & Corporate Philanthropy Awards 2020: Volunteer of the Year; November 2020


Child Advocates San Antonio: Story of Hope; February 2020


Child Advocates San Antonio: FY 2020 Annual Report: Rookie of the Year; December 2019 


Child Advocates San Antonio: Advocate Spotlight; December 2019

Mount Mercy Academy Alumni Association 18th Annual Mercy Honors: Spirit of Mercy Award; November 2017


The Buffalo News: Joan Meaney Receives Award; November 2017


Buffalo Scoop: Mount Mercy; November 2017


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