CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates

Child abuse cases in San Luis Obispo County saw a drop during the pandemic, but with in-person schooling starting back up, SLO County child advocacy group C.A.S.A. — Court Appointed Special Advocates — said they are preparing for an influx of child abuse cases.

C.A.S.A. of San Luis Obispo County is made up of volunteers designated by a judge to work in the best interests of children who have been victimized by abuse or neglect.

Teresa Tardiff, executive director of C.A.S.A. SLO County, said during the pandemic, child abuse cases took a plunge.

Issues & Ideas: Mercy Air, CASA, and downtown SLO's Farmer's Market

Mar 23, 2021
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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at U.S. Army Reserve base Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County for a conversation with the crew of Mercy Air medevac operations. We’ll also check in with San Luis Obispo County's "Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children program"... known as CASA. Finally, we'll take a look back at the origin of downtown San Luis Obispo's Farmer's Market, and look ahead to see what we can expect upon its reopening.

Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA) of San Luis Obispo County has been serving foster youth in San Luis Obispo County for over 25 years. They advocate for the best interest of children who have been removed from their parents because of abuse or neglect. At any given time, there can be up to 500 foster youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, and CASA has dedicated, caring volunteers working with at least half of these children to be a consistent presence in their life and advocating for the best interests of these abused and neglected children within the court system. That leaves more than 200 children still waiting for help from CASA.

Broadcast date: 8/11/16

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) made its debut in 1993 with 18 trained volunteers to serve as advocates for 18 abused and neglected children throughout the County of San Luis Obispo. Since then more than 2,000 children have had the benefit of a CASA volunteer. In 2012, CASA reached a new milestone of 100 CASA volunteers serving more than 140 children in our community.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Cathy Orton, Resource Development Director with CASA and Pete Skarda, Advocate Supervisor with CASA as they discuss the important work that CASA does in the community to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children within the court system to ensure each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Jordan Bell speaks with members of San Luis Obispo County CASA  who are searching for volunteers to become advocates for infants and toddlers during this crucial time in their brain development. 

The Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA program, works to support children in the foster care system. CASA started a mentor program which serves the needs of youth who have aged-out of the system and are at high risk of failing in the transition to adulthood.

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be talking with Cathy Orton and Summer Frappier from San Luis Obispo's CASA Organization. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and they are the advocates for children in the welfare and foster system. They are launching a new mentoring program for 18-21 year olds to transition out of their system and into our communities as young adults.