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May 14, 2017: Good outcomes shouldn't feel strange

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. To put this into perspective, the National Foster Care Coalition says that at any given time, there are more than 400,000 children nationally in foster care.

May 3, 2017:  Big Day of Giving:  Sweets Sacrifice

Yolo County CASA staff and volunteers stopped eating sweets and gave their "sweet" cash to the oranization and now they're taking their first bite to kick off the Big Day of Giving.

April 9, 2017:  The power of community support

Last year we were all set for the Sacramento region's Big Day of Giving. We worked hard to get the word our, we secured a donor match if we met our fundraising goal, and we woke up bright and early to "Good Day Sacramento's cameras in our office. 

March 12th, 2017:  Yolo County CASA:  Relationships are life-changing for foster kids

While stories like these may seem rare, we hear them from our volunteers every day at Yolo County CASA. “CASA,” short for Court Appointed Special Advocates, was founded nearly 40 years ago when Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup was making decisions regarding placements of children in the foster care system. Dissatisfied with some of the outcomes, he wanted to hear more of the child’s perspective...

December 15, 2016:  Foster children get some holiday love through gifts to Yolo CASA

The holidays are a time to reflect on family and relationships held dear, but for foster children, the holidays can be a source of sadness and pain. Read more...

November 17, 2016:  HEARTS OF YOLO: Being a CASA just ‘clicked’ for Ali Harder

Ali Harder moved to Yolo County from Oregon in 2012 when she and her husband both found new jobs in the area and Harder planned to go back to school. Read more...

September 23, 2016:  CASA fundraiser tugs on Yolo residents' heartstrings

Dozens of Yolo County CASA supporters came together under the country sky at Park Winters on Sept. 11 to raise money for the 400-plus foster children in the county. Read more...

September 1, 2016:  Hearts of Yolo: Claire Tauzer makes a difference

Claire Tauzer knew she wanted to make a difference for children after teaching high school for three years, substitute teaching for two years, and witnessing the struggle that foster children go through first hand.

“High school is already hard,” she said. “Add to that being moved to a different home, often requiring a new school and location away from friends and life gets extremely difficult.” Read more...

August 24, 2016:  Lori Ross works to help others

Lori Ross is no stranger to volunteer work. She grew up volunteering in her church and now as a mother of two children, has volunteered for countless PTA events and little league games.

Her career has also kept her busy. She’s worked her entire life to help others, first as a director of the Yolo County YMCA and now as the executive director of Woodland United Way. Read more...

August 4, 2016:  Hearts of Yolo: Board President Ginni Davis

With three decades of experience in education in Yolo County, first as a teacher, then as a principal and finally as an associate superintendent, Ginni Davis found her calling as a CASA board member because she saw firsthand the difference CASAs made. Read more...

July 27, 2016:  HEARTS OF YOLO: Karen Selby inspired by tragedy

A tragic life event of her own inspired Karen Selby to help others who were also going through similar circumstances.

“In 2012, I was widowed after 40 years of marriage when my husband passed away from lung cancer. I prayed for a job, but not a traditional job... something that was different and impactful.”

An article recruiting CASAs and seeking host families for exchange students answered her prayers. “I wanted to mentor youth and so I looked into both of these opportunities.” Read more...

July 6, 2016:  HEARTS OF YOLO: Georgia Corbett has found new mission

In 1997, Georgia Corbett asked herself “What’s next?” and we’re glad her answer was to become a Yolo County CASA volunteer. Read more...

June 24, 2016:  Vicky Murphy has been a CASA volunteer for 20 years

Vicki Murphy’s association with CASA dates back over 20 years when she was living in Walnut Creek. After a friend who was a juvenile court judge said she would be great at it, she decided to go through the training and become a CASA. Read more...

June 16, 2016:  Hearts of Yolo: Stephen McCord wanted deeper understanding of CASA

Stephen McCord’s journey with CASA began with a desire to gain a deeper understanding of the foster care system when he and his wife began looking into adoption.

What he found solidified his desire to help foster children, “I became a CASA nearly 15 years ago because I wanted to understand the foster care system and play a positive role in the life of a foster child. The experience of foster care is so different from mine, in which I had siblings and two stable parents. I thought moving homes once during my childhood was an ordeal. Foster kids can move several times in a year, tossing their belongings back into a garbage bag each time. I’ve found that the appreciation they have for a stable, caring relationship through those confusing and uncertain times is beyond measure.” Read more...

June 29, 2016:  Sponsorship Levels for Gala

Yolo County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) graciously invites families and businesses to participate in the 19th Annual I Am For The Child Dinner and Auction on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Park Winters by sponsoring the event. Thanks to the continued generosity of Park Winters, we are once again able to experience its simple country luxury. This Board of Directors sponsored event features a catered dinner, live music, and live and silent auctions. Read more...

The Davis Enterprise, June 9, 2016:  Yolo CASA Training Coming Up

Yolo County CASA is seeking volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

After successfully completing a 30-hour training and a background screening, volunteers are appointed by the juvenile dependency court judge to advocate for a child for a minimum 18-month commitment. Read more...

 

Woodland Daily Democrat, June 8, 2016:  Ben Cadranel Recognized by Yolo County CASA 

Ben Cadranel learned about CASA when he was a law student at McGeorge School of Law and had the opportunity to observe firsthand the vulnerability of children in the foster system. Right away, he knew he wanted to give back. Read more...

 

Woodland Daily Democrat, May 31, 2016:  Thank You Dining Event Benefits CASA

The Big Day of Giving was no doubt a giant day for Yolo County CASA.

Despite widespread technical failures with the Big Day of Giving portal, Court Appointed Special Advocate supporters rallied around the cause, some even driving checks to the Yolo County CASA office. Read more...

 

Woodland Daily Democrat, May 27, 2016:  Training Offered for Court Advocates

Yolo County CASA is seeking volunteer advocates.

CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — are volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Read more...

 

The Davis Enterprise, May 27, 2016:  Raise a Glass for Support to CASA on the Big Day of Giving 

The Big Day of Giving was a giant day for Yolo County CASA. Despite widespread technical failures with the Big Day of Giving portal, CASA supporters rallied around the cause, some even driving checks to the Yolo County CASA office. Read more...

 

Good Day Sacramento, May 3, 2016:  Big Day of Giving Coffee Sacrifice

Staffers at a local nonprofit got creative for the Big Day of Giving by curbing their caffiene! Watch the clip...

 

Woodland Daily Democrat, April 22, 2016:  Yolo CASA's May Fundraiser Approaches

The Sacramento Community Foundation’s region-wide event will be taking place on Tuesday, May 3.

Thanks to a generous matching gift from the King-White Family Foundation, Yolo County CASA has the opportunity to double their return this year, states Yolo CASA spokeswoman Vanessa Errecarte. Read more...

 

Woodland Daily Democrat, March 24, 2016:  Yolo CASA:  Helping Kids be Kids

Yolo County CASA serves one of the County’s most vulnerable populations — motivated only by the desire to better the lives of neglected or abused children.

The CASA organization was founded in the 70s by a Washington state juvenile court judge and has since expanded into 1,000 chapters, states the national CASA for Children website. Read more...

 

The Davis Enterprise, February 24, 2016:  CASA Hopes Stories Draw More Volunteers

Just in time for Valentine’s month, Yolo County CASA has rolled out their new “Hearts of Yolo” initiative. Primarily a storytelling campaign, Hearts of Yolo strives to tell the stories of the many hearts involved in helping children in need. Read more...

 

Woodland Daily Democrat, February 23, 2016:  Yolo County CASA Rolls Out Storytelling Campaign

The Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocate organization has rolled out the “Hearts of Yolo” initiative to share the stories of CASA volunteers and raise awareness and support for Yolo County’s foster children. Read more...

 

Woodland Daily Democrat, December 24, 2015:  Christmas for CASA and the City’s New ‘Wellness’ Program

For at least 46 local foster children, Christmas is a little brighter this year thanks to a partnership between Yolo County CASA and Tan Orthodontics.

A tradition since 2009, Tan Orthodontics set up a gift tree in its dental office (301 Cleveland St.) with “ornaments” for foster boys and girls, ages 1 to 18 years old, with some of their Christmas wishes. Read more...

 

The Davis Enterprise, December 24, 2015:  Orthodontist's Patients Help fill Christmas Wishes

Once again, the Yolo County CASA Giving Tree at Tan Orthodontics in Woodland was a success. This has been a local holiday tradition since 2009, helping to make the Christmas season brighter for some of Yolo County’s foster children. Read more...

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