Honorable Judge Janet Hilde swears in newly trained CASA volunteers Paula C. Tiner, left, and Sandra Trenner. Photo submitted

New child advocates sworn in

CASA volunteers needed

Two new volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children were sworn in by the Honorable Judge Janet Hilde at Plumas County Superior Court on Aug. 12.

Paula C. Tiner and Sandra Trenner completed over 30 hours of training with National CASA/GAL Association for Children curriculum and observed an afternoon in Dependency Court.

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. They are the voice of the child in court. The Plumas CASA program currently serves 15 children, with four children on the waiting list.

The program needs more adult male volunteers and volunteers who are willing to work with pre-teen and teenage boys.

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Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, pass a fingerprint background check, and provide three good character references. CASAs spend approximately five to 15 hours per month on each case and must make an overall time commitment of 12 to 18 months.

According to the www.casaforchildren.org website: “Our volunteers get to know the child − they listen; they talk to the people in the child’s life to find out what they need to heal and thrive; they make sure the child is safe; and they help the child reach a safe, permanent home.”

Children do best when they can safely remain with their parents or with other family members. CASA volunteers work with experts and service providers to identify and recommend services aimed at keeping families intact or returning children safely to family members.  When that is not possible, advocates work to help the child reach another safe and stable forever home.

CASA volunteers help “change a child’s story.” Plumas CASA is seeking adults who would like to help in this endeavor.

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For more information, call 283-2227 or email  [email protected] Plumas CASA is a program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center