Welcome to CASA
Our Purpose and How it Works
We believe that every child in our community deserves the fundamental right to grow up in a safe and loving environment. Therefore, our purpose is to ensure that every abused and neglected child that ends up in foster care in El Dorado County, through no fault of their own, has that same opportunity.
Studies conducted by the Department of Justice have shown that when CASA child advocates are involved in the life of a foster child:
- More support: The children receive more services to help them recover
- Shorter stays in foster care: Half as likely to be in “long-term” foster care
- Better recidivism rates: Children who have a CASA advocate are 50% less likely to end up back in the child welfare system once they exist out
If you share our core belief that every child deserves the right to a safe and permanent home, please consider helping us in whatever way you are called to do so.
Announcing January Advocate Classes!
Have you ever considered becoming a child advocate for CASA? Is this the right volunteer opportunity for you?
Our volunteer child advocates provide a voice for abused and neglected children and come from all walks of life, with a variety of backgrounds and interests; a full half of them are employed full-time. The primary requirement is a passion for serving children in need and the commitment to doing so.
Our next series of advocate classes are beginning January 13th and if you are interested in exploring this challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity, please call us to learn more about what it takes to be a child advocate:
To find out more, please call Michelle at 530-622-9882 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thank You - Partner Program
CASA El Dorado would like to thank the clubs, foundations and businesses that help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in our county through a partnership with CASA El Dorado:
- John & Alexis Wenstrup
- Janice Kennedy
- Stella & Berto Berti
- Dr. James & Mrs. Tarwater
- Jean & Thomas Makris
- Greg & Karen Poth
- Selina & Ken Kostelnik
- Jim Ellsworth & Mary Dedrick
- South Lake Tahoe Rotary Club
- Soroptimist Int'l South Lake Tahoe
- Ron & Kelly Briggs
- Raymond Sidney
- Dr. Steve & Barbara Banner
- Gael Barsotti
- South lake Tahoe Rotary Club
- Deborah & Anthony Lomando
- Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe
- Correy & Patti Couch
- Katey Kennedy & Marc Van Den Berg
- Joanne Stockman
- William Fuser & Lois Patrick
- Katy & Don Peek
- Joyce & David Pratt
- Dr. Daniel & Liz Norman
- South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club
- Dena & Dick Schwarte
- Sharon Morrison
- Anne & George Eckert
- Afsheen & Tara Mostofi
- Cherie & Brad Dillon
- Suzanne Listar
- Diane & Joe Imbach
- Christy & Vern Jones
- Karen & Brian Conant
Eliminate the Wait List
Despite our relative success, each year we end up with 70-90 children that we cannot serve simply because we do not have the resources to serve them. These children have been court-ordered to be served by a CASA Advocate, but we must place them on a wait list instead.
It takes about $1,200 per year to serve a child with a caring Advocate, which is a fraction of what it would cost public agencies to serve them if they end up back in the system.
Please join us by giving what you can to this project of eliminating the wait list.