Time for CASA volunteer training
It is more critical than ever that children in foster care have someone who is making sure their needs are met and that our courts have trusted and trained advocates who can alert them if a child is in danger or has critical needs. By becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) you take an important step toward ensuring foster youth know they have a support system, and friend to rely on.
Studies have shown that foster children are more likely to struggle in school, have run-ins with law enforcement, experience homelessness, or abuse drugs or alcohol. Research also shows that abused children are more apt to grow up to abuse their own kids.
CASA of Sonoma County helps foster children heal so they can live happier, safer lives. CASA volunteers make sure foster kids don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in unsupportive foster homes. CASA volunteers stay with children until their court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
Juvenile court officials have identified an additional 75 youth who need advocates and CASA is appealing to Sonoma County residents to volunteer. If you care and have about 10 hours a month to spend, being a CASA can be a very gratifying work. A CASA volunteer is a powerful voice in a child’s life. There are approximately 187 volunteers, and CASA hopes to recruit another 35 with the next training.
The Fall Volunteer Training, is scheduled to take place on the following dates: Thursday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and continues on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Training will be via an online format. For more information and to sign up for the CASA training, contact Millie Gilson at 565-6375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.