Our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program provides CASA volunteers to foster youth – children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and are living in out-of-home placements. CASA volunteers act as the “eyes and ears of the judge and the voice of the child”. Through court reports and court appearances, CASA volunteers state the child’s wishes and provide recommendations that are be in the child’s best interests.
Our Adult to Youth Mentors program (A2Y) provides mentors for children who are at-risk of entering the juvenile justice or child welfare systems, and young adults who, as former foster youth, are transitioning into adulthood without family support. In effect, A2Y “sandwiches” the CASA program, working with children at-risk of entering the system (“upstream” of CASA), and young adults aging out of the system (“downstream” of CASA).
Funded by Placer First 5, the Family Mentor program provides mentors to parents who have had children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Our mentors help these parents develop the solid life skills necessary to successfully rebuild their families.
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