Hearts of Yolo: Erin King

Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

Advocate Supervisor Erin King has worked all over the United States and Canada as a therapist, specializing in children. Last year, she moved back to Sacramento, both to be near family and because it felt like “home” to her and her daughters. With a heart for helping children, the advocate supervisor position really stood out to Erin. “It seemed like a great opportunity to help children going through tough times, through supporting their CASA volunteers.”

Since working at Yolo County CASA, Erin has been pleasantly surprised by how dedicated everyone is to a foster child’s well-being. “There is no doubt that there are big caseloads and that the dependency system is stretched. But despite it all, it’s heartwarming to see how dedicated each person is to the child. It’s also special to see the unique role a CASA fills. Nothing replaces a stable and consistent one-on-one adult relationship.”

Part of Erin’s job at Yolo County CASA is to keep track of the waitlist. “While its frustrating when the waitlist grows, it’s absolutely exhilarating to take a child off the waitlist… I just know that they are going to benefit so much from having an advocate and a friend.”

To anyone thinking of becoming a CASA volunteer, Erin says, “A caring heart is the biggest qualification. If you’re thinking about it, why not give it a try? It will be the best gift a child receives.”

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