CASA needs volunteers, now more than ever
As Californians affected by this yearís devastating wildfires cope with their loss, and their lives, forever changed, Sonoma County CASA encourages you to help foster youth affected by the fires.
The wildfires have brought to the forefront the critical shortage of foster homes in our county. With thousands of homes destroyed, the housing situation for foster youth is even more dire.
Foster youth need extra support during these trial times of transition. They need the support of trusted, caring adults to help them navigate changes in all aspects of their life: school, doctors, therapists, a new home, neighborhood, and new foster parents. This is where CASA comes in.
CASA volunteers provide foster children with an advocate who could help them cope with the stress and strain that might have been caused by displacement or loss, and the trauma of this disaster.
There are currently 60 children on the waitlist to be matched with a CASA volunteer.
If you can commit to spending 10 hours a month offering advocacy, friendship and emotional support to a child or young adult in foster care, consider volunteering for CASA. Winter training begins Jan. 18. Visit www.sonomacasa.org or call 565-6375.