Big DoG Countdown: Child Advocates of Placer County
Dozens of local organizations will be participating on May 6th in Placer County's Big Day of Giving. Each day we will be featuring one of the many participating organizations. Follow our daily series highlighting these great local organizations.
Child Advocates of Placer County
The mission of Child Advocates of Placer County is to connect foster youth, former foster youth, at-risk youth and at-risk parents with well-trained and caring adult volunteer mentors and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). We are a bridge between the most vulnerable in our community and caring individuals who want to help. The results are life changing for everyone.
Child Advocates of Placer County received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in March 2004. Since then, we have served our community through three volunteer-driven programs:
1) Placer CASA: CASA provides court appointed volunteer advocates 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.
2) Adult to Youth Mentors (A2Y): A2Y basically "sandwiches" our CASA program, providing volunteer mentors for children 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).
3) Family Mentors: Family Mentors are volunteers who work with at-risk parents to help them develop the life skills necessary to successfully rebuild their families. These parents are in the process of reunifying with their very young children who have been placed in foster care.
In 2012-13 our 264 volunteers served:
313 foster children (a 26% increase over 2011-12),
111 at-risk youth and former foster youth (a 12% increase), and
34 at-risk parents (a 100% increase).
The primary populations we serve are foster youth (ages 0 -18), at-risk youth (ages 7 - 18) and former foster youth (up to age 25). All either live in Placer County or are under the jurisdiction of the Placer County Dependency Court. Our youth cover all ethnicities in roughly the same proportions as our county demographics, and most reside in western Placer County (Auburn/Roseville/Rocklin/Lincoln).
Our goal is to help these youth:
- Find permanent homes (for foster youth this means reunification or adoption) or stable housing (for former foster youth),
- Avoid drug and/or alcohol use, teen pregnancy, and the juvenile justice system,
- Increase their educational successes, grade promotions and high school graduation rates,
- Discover new life options and employment opportunities that will help them see their own potential and develop into successful, contributing adults.
Primary Organization Category
Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Geographic Area Served
Complete Profile and Financial Information may be viewed online at Giving Edge
Join us on May 6th and take part in the 24 hour giving challenge to support the many nonprofits in our region.
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