April 1, 2015
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.
Being a CASA makes a difference in the
lives of these youth:
“If it weren’t for you, school would
have been harder. If it weren’t for you I would not have started
school with new clothing. If it weren’t for you, I would not
have had a wonderful senior year.
If it weren’t for you, I would not
have my CASA. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be me. Thank
you.” Written by a CASA youth
Juvenile court officials have
identified an additional 50 youth who need advocates and CASA is
appealing to Sonoma County residents to volunteer.
If you care and have about 10 hours a
month to spend, being a CASA can be a very gratifying work. A
CASA is a powerful voice in a child’s life.
Executive Director, Millie Gilson,
states that there are approximately 155 volunteers, and hopes to
recruit another 30 with the next training.
The Spring training, which takes place
over three and a half days begins Thursday April 16th
from 10:00-1:30, then runs from Tuesday, April 21st
through Thursday, April 23rd from 8:30-5:00.
Classes are held at the CASA office at
the Los Guilicos complex near Oakmont in Santa Rosa.
For more information and to sign up
for the CASA training, contact Millie Gilson at
707-565-6375 and visit
January 29, 2015
“Every Child’s Eyes,” a short video (4 min 13
sec), tells the story of a young boy in foster care, a friendship, a
CASA volunteer, and the gift of a forever home.
Please share this video with your friends and
family so they can learn about CASA’s critical role in a child’s
life. And hopefully become a CASA!
Let us know what you think. And thank
you for your support.
My good friend Denis Loiseau was inspired to
write a beautiful song through his volunteering with California
CASA. He gathered friends to volunteer our time and talents to
produce this true and touching story. It was an honor to be a
part of this video.