Thank you for your interest in CASA El Dorado! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for abused, neglected and at-risk children and youth in dependency and juvenile justice court systems. CASA volunteers are appointed by local judges to advocate and provide a powerful voice for a child or youth during their uncertain journey in the court system.
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How can I support CASA of El Dorado?
• Become a CASA volunteer
• Become a Friend of CASA
• Be a CASA Donor
What does a CASA Volunteer do?
• Gather information: Review documents and records, build relationships with the child, family members and
professionals in their lives.
• Collaborate: Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children's lives.
As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.
• Provide Court Reports: Provide written reports at court hearings and/or support the child write their own
report to the court.
• Appear in court: Advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
• Explain what is going on: Help the child understand the court proceedings (If age appropriate).
• Recommend services: Ensure that the child and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate
for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child's health, education, mental
health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
• Monitor case plans and court orders: Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review
hearings are being held.
What does it mean to be a Friend of CASA?
• Friends of CASA support our program in a variety of ways including supporting CASA fundraising
activities, raising awareness in our community, data entry, and serving as the court lesion. Friends of CASA
are valuable volunteers who are an integral part of our programs sustainability in our community.
What are the benefits to children who are assigned a CASA ….
• Spend less time in foster care.
• Are more likely to be placed with their siblings in foster care.
• Experience minimal placements in foster care.
• Receive appropriate services designed to address trauma history, reduce at-risk behaviors, achieve academic
success and develop prosocial skills.
• Achieve a safe and long-term permanent home including family reunification, guardianship or adoption.
• Have a caring and consistent adult empowering and advocating on their behalf.
If your interested in supporting CASA El Dorado, please visit our website at casaeldorado.org or contact Mario Guerrero at show contact info
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