The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a one-time contribution of $50,000 to CASA El Dorado at last week’s board meeting.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. The agency, which has operated nationally for 35 years, provides volunteer advocates for children in court. Often CASA volunteers are called in to assist cases involving neglected or abused children.
Board Chairman Ron Briggs said CASA carries a load that would otherwise be on the county’s back. “It’s an investment for a good program,” he said, adding that this was the first time CASA had received such assistance from the county.
Briggs, who has been involved with the nonprofit for a number of years, said traditionally the agency has been self-funding, but it ran into a rough patch a few years ago when it started staffing up. Since then, CASA has pared down staff and expenses. “It’s a very frugal organization,” Briggs said.
The board chairman said he would like to make the contribution to CASA a permanent allocation, adding that every year the county gives out about a half million dollars to a handful of organizations that offer programs the county would otherwise have to provide.
“CASA is similar in nature. If we didn’t help them, we’d need to create a program and it would be very costly,” Briggs said.
The board also approved grant funding of $212,500 with First 5 El Dorado to provide funding for early literacy programs and services for children 0-5 years old at the library branches and other sites throughout the county for the next fiscal year.
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