In an average year, about 800 children in Placer County experience substantiated abuse or neglect and, as a result, more than 200 are removed from their homes. These children need support from adults who can guide them through these trying times. Enter Child Advocates of Placer County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, which aims to prevent abused, neglected, abandoned and at-risk youth from becoming lost in the juvenile dependence and/or delinquency court system.
Since its inception in the early 2000s, Child Advocates of Placer County has worked tirelessly in providing a holistic and “whole family” approach to preventing child abuse and neglect through its programs and services, including CASA of Placer County.
CASA serves more than 90 percent of Placer County’s youth who are currently in foster care. Through the love, compassion and passion of its volunteers, it helps at-risk youth and struggling parents develop resiliency, self-confidence and self-sufficiency skills. Appointed by a judge to advocate on behalf of foster children, CASA volunteers are the “eyes and ears of the court and the voice of the child” and facilitate, investigate and monitor areas of need in the lives of the children they serve until their child’s case is closed by the court. Often, CASA volunteers are the one constant adult presence in a child’s life.
“We are thrilled that Bank of Marin is building on the decade-long support of its predecessor company, American River Bank, and continuing to support the wellbeing of the children in our community.” — Don Kleinfelder Executive Director, Child Advocates of Placer County
“We are thrilled that Bank of Marin is building on the decade-long support of its predecessor company, American River Bank, and continuing to support the wellbeing of the children in our community,” says Don Kleinfelder, executive director of Child Advocates of Placer County. “The bank’s financial contributions help us further expand our efforts in helping our youth attain their academic goals, avoid the juvenile justice system, improve life skills and identify support systems, increasing Placer County’s overall wellbeing.”
Learn more at casaplacer.org