Neglected children need CASA mentors
Every day in Sonoma County, children are removed from their homes because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Through no fault of their own, these children are made dependents of the Juvenile Court and enter a world where an overburdened legal system sometimes cannot hear their voices. These youth need a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to provide consistent and personal support as they go through months and sometimes years of legal procedures. All too often, the children are moved from one temporary placement to another. The CASA volunteer provides human contact that the youth need and the adult experience and savvy the court needs to make better decisions for them.
If you care and have about 10 hours a month to spend, being a CASA can be a very gratifying work. A CASA is a powerful voice in a child’s life.
CASA Executive Director Millie Gilson hopes to recruit another 35 volunteers with the next training, taking place over three and a half days in January.
The training starts on Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., then runs from Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Thursday, Jan. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes are held at CASA’s office at the Los Guilicos complex near Oakmont. For more information and to sign up for the CASA training, contact Gilson at 565-6375.