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CASA volunteer training

Tuesday January 14th 2020 - 8:30am to

As the holidays approach, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) invites the community to give the gift of time and friendship to a child in foster care. Juvenile court officials have identified an additional 65 youth who need advocates and CASA is appealing to Sonoma County residents to volunteer. CASA volunteers make sure foster kids donít 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.

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.

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 childís life.

Winter Volunteer Training takes place over three and a half days, beginning Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., then Jan. 14-16, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Classes are held at CASAís office at the Los Guilicos complex near Oakmont. For more information and to sign up for the CASA training, contact Executive Director Millie Gilson at 565-6375 or

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