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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

The goal of our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program is to prevent abused, neglected, abandoned, and at-risk children from becoming lost in the Juvenile Dependency and/or Delinquency Court system.

We train CASA volunteers who are appointed by the Judge and act as the “eyes and ears of the court and the voice of the child.” Volunteers advocate by facilitating, investigating, and monitoring areas of need in the life of their assigned child. Volunteers stay with their child’s case until it is closed by the court.

For many children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with one consistent and caring adult in their life are more likely to have positive outcomes in areas like improved academics, high school graduation, extra-curricular activity participation, and college entrance.

 

We also provide CASAs to youth who are involved in the Delinquency court – that is, youth who arrested and are on probation or are in the Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF). Today we have CASAs assigned to ten probation youth. This program has potential for significant growth, and as we train more volunteers, we hope to meet this need.

 

Lastly, and most recently, we began assigning specially trained CASAs to youth involved in sex trafficking. You can read more about this at our Be BOLD Youth Program page.

What our children say they like most about their CASA volunteer:

“He worked hard to get me back home and he never gave up.”

“She is honest to me.”

“She rocks and I love her no matter what happens!”

“She cares, she’s on my side, she’s nice, and she’s smart.”

“He says the right things to keep me focused and motivated.”

“She’s really patient and understanding.”

“She is willing to go the extra mile for me.”

Having a CASA in my life has made a difference because:

“She knows what’s best for me.”

“I actually have someone to talk to, someone that I trust.”

“I now have better grades.”

“She’s there for me every single time I call to talk to her ‘cause I need her.”

“I have someone to look up to.”

“My behavior has changed and I have improved in school and at my house.”

“I feel special.”

“It gives me someone to be with since I don’t have my parents to take me out.”

I have someone that I know will always care about me.”

 

Major funding awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act,
through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

 

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Rachael Odell at rachael@casaplacer.org, or call our office: (530) 887-1006