Court Appointed Special Advocates needed |

Court Appointed Special Advocates needed

There are many children in South Lake Tahoe who are in need of a special “voice.” These are children who have been abused or neglected and have not had a voice to speak for their safety and needs.

CASA El Dorado is offering a spring training class for those adults interested in becoming Court Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers who can be a “powerful voice in court” for children. The class will begin March 4 and will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Each person completing the training then is eligible to become a CASA.

CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge and advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Many of these children have been removed from their homes and are placed in foster care. The CASA volunteer often is the only consistent person in their life during a traumatic time, serving as an advocate, a mentor and a friend. CASA volunteers truly are making a difference in the lives of children.

You can make a lifetime of difference for a child. Call Wendy David at the CASA office at (530) 573-3072 for more information and to sign up for the class.

The CASA program in South Lake Tahoe is serving more than 100 children, but has children waiting. Each week there is a new child added to this list. The requirements of a volunteer are simple: a heart for children and a few hours of time. If you have thought about becoming a CASA, make this the day to call and find out more about it.

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