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December 31, 2012
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Court seeks CASA volunteers

When children are removed from their families because of abuse and neglect, they become “dependents” of the court and enter into a 12- to 18-month court process.

The children are often living in foster care as the court tries to determine whether or not it is in the child’s best interest to be reunited with their family.

These kids desperately need a committed, caring adult to become familiar with their lives and advocate for what that child needs and wants.

This committed and caring adult is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.

These volunteers meet regularly with the child or children, review all important information about the child, maintain contact with the important people in the child’s life, advocate for the child in the system and write reports for the Dependency Court judge about what is best for the child’s future.

All CASA volunteers are screened and complete a 35-hour training program before they are sworn in as an Officer of the Court.

To learn more about being a CASA, call (530) 265.9550, ext 222.

Our Voice Matters to hold
meeting at SPIRIT

Our Voices Matters, a Nevada County anti-stigma campaign to end discrimination against people with mental health challenges, meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at SPIRIT, 276 Gates Place in Grass Valley.

The next meeting is Jan. 11. Group members share personal experiences with their own mental health challenges or those of family members to reduce stigma.

Learning how to share stories effectively or just come to listen and enjoy refreshments.

The meetings are sponsored by NAMI Nevada County and SPIRIT.

For more information, call (530) 274-1431 or (530) 272-5022.

Breakfast fundraiser at Rough and Ready Grange Hall

A breakfast fundraiser on Jan. 12 at the Rough and Ready Grange # 795 will benefit paving and maintenance in the road and parking area.

The breakfast will include
live entertainment with “Dancing Maters” and the Rough and Ready FruitJar Pickers.

Food is served from 8 to 10, with music at 9 a.m.

The menu will include eggs, sausage, hashbrowns and pancakes, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $5.

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