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News briefs: CASA needs volunteers, homebrewing instruction and more

BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER

CASA is currently recruiting community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in South Lake Tahoe’s local court system. CASA training is scheduled to begin May 3.

CASAs are child advocates, tasked with getting to know a particular child and their specific needs. CASAs communicate those needs and the child’s voice to the court. This information is highly critical in the decision-making process of juvenile court proceedings.

“When CASA advocates are present in the lives of foster kids, they are half as likely to end up in “long-term” foster care (three years or more), or to reenter the system once they exit foster care. The benefits to the children and their families are obvious,” said John Adams, executive director of CASA El Dorado.

To enroll or register for training, submit an application online at http://www.casaeldorado.org. Contact Alexis Foley, child advocates program coordinator, at 530-573-3093 or alexis@casaeldoardo.org to schedule a meet-and-greet.

HOMEBREWING SKILLSHARE

Slow Food Lake Tahoe and Alibi Ale Works will join together to offer a half-day skillshare for people interested in learning how to make their own tasty beer at home. The Homebrewing Skillshare will be led by longtime home brewers Kevin Drake and Rich Romo, who are the owners/founders of Alibi Ale Works, a craft brewery in Incline Village. It will be held at Alibi Ale Works on Saturday, April 2, from noon to 4 p.m. at 204 E. Enterprise St.

The skillshare will cover the fundamentals of making great beer at home through a hands-on demonstration and, of course, sampling some local homebrewed creations. Both beginning (extract) and intermediate (all-grain) brewing techniques will be demonstrated. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer, a curious beer geek, or have already taken up the hobby of homebrewing, you will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the ancient tradition of making beer.

The cost is $25 per person or $20 for Slow Food members and may be purchased at http://www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org/events.html. All attendees must be at least 21 years old to participate.

FOSTER PARENT RESOURCE FAMILIES SOUGHT in south lake tahoe

El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is looking for individuals in the South Lake Tahoe area who could open their hearts and homes to a child in need of care. Local individuals and families are needed to serve as Resource Families, providing shelter care (up to 30 days) or full-term homes (up to and over 18 months) for foster children.

Resource Family is the new State of California term for foster parents, relative caregivers, non-related extended family members and adoptive families who care for children and youth in out-of-home placement. Reimbursement is provided for this important service.

A foster child is a child who has been removed from their current home because of abuse, neglect, exploitation or other problems. While the child is in foster care, efforts are made to assist the child and their parents to address the problems and, whenever possible, ultimately reunite them.

“Currently, there is a great shortage of licensed foster parent resource families in the Tahoe area,” said Pam Carter, program manager with the El Dorado County Foster Care Program.

The severe shortage of foster homes in the Tahoe area means foster children may often be placed in other communities located many miles away.

“Having to leave their home, parents, friends and schools and be transplanted to other communities can be traumatic and frightening,” Carter explained.

Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a Foster Parent Resource Family are invited to attend an information session April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College, 1 College Way, Room 106, in South Lake Tahoe.

For details about the event or foster parenting, contact Roger Hardin at 530-573-3205.