Child Advocates of Placer County received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in March 2004. Our mission is to provide foster children with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and at-risk youth with dedicated mentors, creating a bridge between the most vulnerable in our community and caring volunteers who want to help. We serve our community through three volunteer-driven programs:
Placer CASA, which provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to youth in foster care. CASAs are sworn Officers of the Court, and in essence are the "eyes and ears of the judge, and the voice of the child" in juvenile dependency proceedings. They also mentor the youth they serve, often building long-term relationships with their youth.
Placer Youth Mentors, which basically "sandwiches" our CASA program, providing volunteer mentors for youth who are at-risk of entering the juvenile justice or child welfare systems ("upstream" of CASA), and former foster youth who are transitioning into adulthood without family support ("downstream" of CASA).
- Placer Family Mentors, which provides mentors to at-risk parents to help them develop the life skills necessary to successfully reunify with their very young children who have been placed in foster care.
Board duties are fairly typical of other non-profits, and include organizational governance, financial oversight and fund raising. Board meetings occur monthly, and include an annual board retreat to review and update our Strategic Plan.
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- About 6 hours a month