CASA Volunteers Wanted for January 2018 Training Class

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 13, 2017 / comments


CASA is looking for volunteers for our January 2018 training class.   CASA Training begins January 10th.
Court Appointed Special Advocate's volunteer on behalf of abused, neglected, or at-risk children in our community's court system. Children are waiting for a CASA Volunteer to provide a consistent and caring voice in their life. 

Classes will be held: 
January 10th 5:00-8:30pm 
January 17th 5:30-8:30pm 
January 24th 5:30-8:30pm 
January 31st 5:30-8:30pm 
February 7th 5:30-8:30pm 

*Additional Court observation on one of the following: Jan 19th, 26th, Feb 2nd, 9th, or 16th from 8:30am-12:00 

Started in 1992 CASA's Mission is to "Take a Stand; Make a Difference; Change a Life...Forever."

A passionate and powerful voice - CASA El Dorado's trained and court-appointed volunteers advocate on behalf of abused children and at-risk youth. Together with our community's involvement and generous support, we will positively impact the lives of our children.

When children are abused or severely neglected, they must rely on adults to help them obtain justice and services. Who deserves an advocate more than an abused or neglected child? That is the intent of the social service and Family Court systems, but all too often these systems are fraught with escalating caseloads and reduced resources. 

Children presently average more than three years in the limbo of foster care, with their futures unresolved and uncertain. Family Court judges, with as little as ten minutes to determine a child's fate, are facing increasingly complex cases, limited support services, and disjointed, insufficient or outdated information on which to make sound decisions. 

The heart of our program is the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a specially trained and supervised community volunteer, appointed by a Family Court judge. CASAs make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children by investigating and monitoring cases involving children in foster care. 

CASAs take only one or two cases at a time, allowing ample time to gather thorough information. They build relationships with their "CASA" kids, spending time with them, gathering facts about their life so they can report back to the judge who can then make a much better decision as to what is best for the child.

To learn more about how to become a CASA, Contact Shanna Lowder at (530) 622-9882.