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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Volunteers Mentors Needed for Neglected Children

Sonoma County CASA 
Seeks Volunteer Mentors
For Neglected Children

Every day in Sonoma County, children are removed from their homes because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Through no fault of their own, these children are made dependents of the Juvenile Court and enter a world where an overburdened legal system sometimes cannot hear their voices.

These youth need a CASA advocate to provide consistent and personal support as they go through months and sometimes years of legal procedures. All too often, the children are moved from one temporary placement to another, never knowing what it is to have the comfort of a permanent home. The CASA volunteer provides human contact that the youth need and the adult experience and savvy the court needs to make better decisions for them. Juvenile court officials have identified an additional 42 youth who need advocates and CASA is appealing to Sonoma County residents to volunteer. CASA advocates are asked to spend a minimum of 10-12 hours a month on their case.

Executive Director, Millie Gilson, states that there are approximately 142 volunteers, and hopes to recruit another 20 with the next training.

The training, which takes place over three and a half days begins Thursday, April 21st from 10:00-1:00, then runs from Tuesday, April 26th, through Thursday, April 28th from 8:30-5:00. Classes are held at CASA’s office at the Los Guilicos complex near Oakmont in Santa Rosa. 

For more information, contact Gilson at (707) 565-6375.

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