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Child advocacy offers meaningful volunteer opportunity

A court-appointed special advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer appointed by a judicial officer to provide advocacy for a child who is under the jurisdiction of the courts due to abuse or neglect. The CASA serves as the “eyes and ears” of the judge for children in foster care. Volunteers spend time with children, monitor needed services, and provide child-focused recommendations to the court based on the best interests of the children they serve.

We invite our community to give the gift of time and friendship to a child in foster care. Juvenile court officials have identified 85 youths who need advocates, and CASA is appealing to Sonoma County residents to volunteer. If you care and have about 10 hours per month to spend advocating for a child, being a CASA can be very gratifying work. A CASA is a powerful voice in a child’s life. CASA’s executive director, Heloisa Heinen, states the program currently has approximately 187 volunteers and hopes to recruit another 35 for its next training.

CASA’s Winter Volunteer Training is scheduled to take place online during the following dates and times: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to sign up for the CASA training, contact Heinen at (707) 565-6375 or [email protected] To find out more about CASA of Sonoma County visit at www.sonomacasa.org or call (707) 565-6375.

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