Child Advocates of Nevada County has received a grant from the California Bar Foundation in the amount of $10,000. The grant is designated for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and will help provide advocacy services for children who have been removed from their homes and become part of the Nevada County Dependency Court system.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, are community volunteers who are trained through a certified training program to advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. CASAs are sworn officers of the court with their goal being to ensure the children receive all necessary and court ordered services and make sure their needs are met. The grant will help improve the delivery of CASA services and increase the number of children served by the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. Child Advocates of Nevada County provides child abuse prevention, education, and advocacy programs through four programs. In addition to Court Appointed Special Advocates, Child Advocates oversees Foothills Truckee Healthy Babies, Welcome Baby, and Child Safety Puppeteers. For more information about the CASA program, contact Melinda Douros, program manager, at 530-265-9550, ext. 222. For any other information about Child Advocates, contact executive director Laura Harter at 530-265-9550, ext. 223.
The California Bar Foundation’s rural grants program funds projects that improve or increase the delivery of legal services and/or education to areas outside the state’s major metropolitan areas.