K9s 4 Kids

The K9s 4 Kids Program gives children who have experienced trauma a chance to love and be loved by a polite, well-socialized dog, and experience normalcy despite living in a stressful environment. Our K9s facilitate a positive emotional connection for youth who have a hard time connecting with others.

The K9 teams include a volunteer and their dog. Our teams currently visit the Juvenile Detention Facility and Koinonia group homes.

We hope to expand this amazing program and we are looking for people with polite, well-trained, and socialized dogs to join our team. If you are interested in learning more or joining the K9s 4 Kids Program, please follow the steps below:

  • Email Linsey Burd, Program Supervisor for more information.
  • Complete a volunteer application form.
  • Get your dog certified through a Canine Good Citizenship Program or equivalent, and provide evidence of dog license and current rabies vaccination.
  • Meet with Linsey at our Child Advocates of Placer County office to fill out forms including background check authorization, confidentiality, and mandated reporting, pay a $30 background check fee, and complete fingerprinting (not necessary for current CASAs).
  • Complete online mandated reporter training.

For more information, please contact Linsey Burd, Program Supervisor at linsey@casaplacer.org, or call 530-887-1006.