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Casey Jordan-Pruitt, left, is sworn in by Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde as the newest CASA volunteer Dec. 26. Photo submitted

CASA volunteers help children in need

Casey Jordan-Pruitt was sworn in by Plumas County Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde as the newest CASA volunteer Dec. 26. CASAs are Court Appointed Special Advocates, for children in foster care and under the jurisdiction of Child Protective Services.

Each year in Plumas County, there are an estimated 70 cases of substantiated child neglect and abuse. Many of these children end up in foster care or other out-of-home placements. CASAs work with children in these placements and if they are returned home to their parents. CASAs remain with the child until the jurisdiction of the court is no longer needed.

CASA volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check, complete an interview and screening process, finish over 30 hours of training, and observe at least one afternoon in court before being sworn in.

CASAs meet with their children regularly, generally a minimum of twice per month, to get to know their child’s needs and wishes. CASAs interview all those involved with the child’s life including: teachers, social workers, therapists, foster parents, bio parents, and so on.

When court hearings are scheduled for the child, the CASA writes a court report for the judge to review with recommendations for the best interest of the child.

The Plumas CASA program is currently seeking new volunteers, preferably in the eastern end of the county — Portola, Graeagle, etc.

CASA training is expected to start in mid-January 2019 at the Portola Family Resource Center on dates and times most convenient to the new volunteers.

If interested in making a difference in the life of a child, contact the Plumas CASA program at 283-2227 or [email protected].

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