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CASA: A chance to make a difference

Imagine being only 12 years old when your mom and dad are ripped from your world, taken away because they were using illegal drugs and hitting each other when they got mad. Yes, the fighting was bad, and yes, their drug use was disgusting and dangerous. But now they are gone. The 12-year-old girl is […]

New class of CASAs sworn in

El Dorado County Court Appointed Special Advocates recently swore in its latest group of volunteers, 21 people who wish to help make a difference in the life of a young person in troubled circumstances. New CASA volunteers in Placerville are Bill Hartfield, Valerie Bradley, Jim Lauth, Bernadette Marver, Kevin Rhodes, Michelle Rhodes, Donald Sacco, Zi […]

HOG ride to help CASA

Abused and neglected children need help. These children need someone who will advocate for them in court and consistently guide them as a positive adult influence during a very difficult time in their lives. Three years ago, Folsom Harley Owners Group (HOG) contacted the El Dorado County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and organized an annual poker […]

CASA receives important gift from Wells Fargo

Every day is a normal day for most of us, but it’s never a “normal” day for abused and neglected kids. They didn’t ask to be born into the mess they find themselves in and they desperately need help. These children need a CASA who will advocate for them in court and consistently guide them […]

CASA El Dorado wants to help more kids

Each year approximately 500 children in El Dorado county are court-ordered an adult advocate after being removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. Because there are 100 kids still waiting for a Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA El Dorado is making a plea for more involvement. They need more volunteers to be advocates and […]

It’s time to order a CASA lunch

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) hosts one of the largest fundraisers of the year to help abused and neglected children in El Dorado County Child Advocates of El Dorado County is having its annual box lunch fundraiser and will make and deliver 3,000 lunches from Pollock Pines to Rancho Cordova by noon on Thursday, April […]

My turn: CASA, Big Brothers and Sisters provide important role models

By Vern Pierson Every parent has looked into the eyes of their child and wondered who will they be when they grow up. What or whom will influence that outcome? Good or bad, kids imitate the role models in their lives. When things go right, children are inspired by their own parents, relatives, a dedicated […]

Grizzlies rammed by Casa

ORANGEVALE — Host Casa Roble shut out visiting Golden Sierra Friday night, blanking the Grizzlies 40-0 to grop them to 0-4 on the preseason. Despite the loss, Golden Sierra head coach John Hilton turned his attention to Sierra Delta League play that opens for the Griz in two weeks. “We can take away from tonight […]

Supes give CASA $50,000

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 […]

CASAs — trained and ready to help

Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASAs, serve 325 to 350 children in El Dorado County each year — more than twice the number served, at about half the cost as the statewide average for CASA programs. Part of a national non-profit organization that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children and empowers every-day citizens […]

Heard over the back fence: Volunteer for CASA

CREATURE ADVICE: 
John Chapman provided the following T-shirt “Advice from a Spider” statement: “Make good connections. Be Web savvy. Patience pays off. Let go of your hang-ups. Show your artistic side. Dew your best. Don’t get strung out!” “LET’S TALK” MEETING:
 “Let’s Talk” is a topical, senior discussion group led by Terry Provenza. It will […]

CASA box lunches are simply amazing

It is hard to imagine, but 2013 marks the 17th consecutive Box Lunch event for CASA El Dorado. Each year more than 125 volunteers gather at the Diamond Springs Firehouse at the unheard of hour of 4 a.m. to put together and then deliver over 4,000 lunches. It is an amazing effort. If ever there […]

Heard over the back fence: Be a CASA volunteer

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE:
 Thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt statement: “Who says nothing is impossible? I’ve been doing nothing all day!” CASA ADVOCATES NEEDED:
 Would you like to be a CASA volunteer advocate who helps abused and neglected children who have been placed in foster care homes? The following informational meetings have […]

CASA volunteer information

Court Appointed Special Advocates El Dorado is offering spring training classes. This is a chance to become a child advocate for CASA El Dorado — a volunteer opportunity that will be both challenging and rewarding. A spring series of CASA Advocate classes are scheduled during the month of March. To learn more about CASA El Dorado […]

A CASA for Stracener

EDITOR: We are fortunate that in our country we have the opportunity to elect a judge who has shown himself to be an exemplary judge. Judge Warren C. Stracener is competent, conscientious, knowledgeable and thorough. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for many years, I have been before numerous judges in Dependency Court. I have […]

CASA delivers a delicious lunch

It’s time to break out a $10 bill and your appetite because the 120 volunteers for the 16th annual CASA Kids Box Lunches are gearing up to deliver a delicious lunch right to your desk.

The box lunches are one of Court Appointed Special Advocates’ biggest fundraisers and the proceeds are used to recruit, train and support the 150 CASA volunteers who advocate on behalf of more than 400 abused and neglected children in El Dorado County.

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CASA reschedules poker run

Due to changing weather conditions, the fifth annual Spring Breakin’ Out Poker Run will take place on Saturday, April 7. Registration for the run, sponsored by Court Appointed Special Advocates of El Dorado County and Folsom HOG Chapter 1787, is from 9 to 11 a.m. at Folsom Harley-Davidson, 115 Woodmere Road in Folsom. The pre-run […]

CASA is the big winner in poker run

What: Fifth annual Spring Breakin’ Out Poker Run 2012 Who: Court Appointed Special Advocates of El Dorado County and Folsom HOG Chapter 1787 Where: Folsom Harley-Davidson, 115 Woodmere Road in Folsom When: Saturday, March 24, registration 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: Single riders $15 and double riders $25 Information: Call John Adams, executive director of CASA El Dorado at 530-622-9882 or […]

Wanted: CASA needs a few good men

Reid Briggs had worked with children most of his life. The 60 year-old Briggs worked as an administrator, teacher and athletic director at El Dorado High School. Retiring from the field a year and a half ago, Briggs is self-employed in the furniture business. He also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Opportunity and […]

CASA Boca Jrs 95 take first at Davis Legacy’s Winter College Showcase

DAVIS — Sacramento’s Boca Jrs 95 girls’ soccer team placed first in the Davis Legacy Winter College Showcase last weekend. The team, comprised of girls from the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties has climbed in the rankings this season to their top 10 position in Northern California. The girls are currently 10th out of […]

Best Mexican Food: Casa Ramos

A sampling of the menu at Casa Ramos holds delights that will surprise those who thought they knew all about Mexican food. Select from a wide variety of Mexican fare and enjoy a margaraita from their extensive bar offerings. Find out why our readers voted them the best! 6840 Green Leaf Drive Placerville 530-622-2303

CASA needs help

El Dorado County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program has been doing a terrific job helping children and youths caught up in the legal system. In 2009 CASA had 582 children in dependency court. On average it serves more than 400 children a year. Currently it has 247 clients matched up with a trained volunteer advocate, […]

One CASA advocate’s motivation

In 2009 Dorian Brandon was reeling from the death of a son, a divorce and the loss of her job. She was depressed and knew it, but didn’t want to rely on the pharmacy or distillery to break her funk. She decided to help a friend who was going through a contentious divorce. Brandon recalls […]

CASA kid describes 4 turbulent years

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. Part 1 ran Monday, Sept. 26. Lacey Runik entered the California foster care system when she was just a year-and-a-half old. The court found “neglect and abuse” on the part of her biological parents, who separated before she ever knew them. She doesn’t know all […]

CASA — It’s all about the kids

“It’s for the kids!” auctioneer David Sobon repeated many times during an evening fundraiser at Rancho Olivo Vineyards in Cameron Park last Saturday. The “kids” Sobon was referring to are those currently being served by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) here in El Dorado County. With projected cuts of $55,000 from the Superior Court next […]

Resilient CASA kid beats the odds

Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, served an estimated 237,000 neglected or abused kids nationally last year, kids that haven’t been dealt a good hand in the game of life, kids that often fall through the cracks of a complex foster and juvenile legal system. Without help, many end up homeless, institutionalized or dead. This is […]

CASA: Helping kids who need it most

Budget cuts could cost 54 local youths their advocate Over 900,000 children are victims of child abuse each year in the U.S. Between four and five of them die every day. Victims are usually infants or toddlers. Those grim statistics and others have been compiled by the non-profit Childhelp. Without help, the survivors of neglect […]

CASA BOCA ’95 soccer blanks competition at showcase tournament

PLEASANTON — The CASA (Capital Athletic Soccer Academy) BOCA U16 girls soccer team, CASA BOCA Jrs. ’95, featuring nine local girls from the county, shut out the competition at the recent elite Pleasanton Rage College Showcase. Of 56 participating teams, CASA BOCA was one of only two teams that kept its competitors from scoring. The […]

CASA volunteers box up a lot of love

One of the best things about a box lunch is not having to pack it yourself and if you order a CASA box lunch by March 4, you will get a good lunch with little work. The 15th annual CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Kids Box Lunch Fundraiser delivers box lunches with turkey or veggie wraps, […]

John Adams named executive director of CASA

CASA El Dorado announced Feb. 1 that John Adams has been named executive director. A private-sector veteran with nonprofit consulting experience, Adams replaces Susan Dorsey, who, after more than three years as CASA’s top administrator, has resumed a career in the healthcare field. “CASA is very pleased to welcome John, whose business accomplishments and passion […]

Casa Ramos

Best Mexican Food: Picture yourself and your best buddies sitting at a booth or table in a softly lit room, a pitcher of melon margaritas on the table where frosty, salted glasses wait to be filled. Then suddenly a waiter arrives with a Fiesta Platter of mini chimichangas, quesadillas, flautas, taquitos rancheros, chicken taquitos, sour […]

Free e-waste drive for CASA

There is a free electronic waste drop off fund-raiser Saturday, July 24, at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. Participants wonÕt have to get out of their car. Just pop the trunk or open the door and volunteers will unload the e-waste. Anthony Randel, a student at Shenandoah High School […]

CASA awarded expansion grant from National CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) El Dorado, a nonprofit organization effectively serving abused and neglected children countywide since 1992, announced that it has been awarded a grant through National CASA. ÒThis $27,500 grant has a significant impact on our program and the services we provide to our community children,Ó said Executive Director Susan Dorsey. ÒThe […]

Great food, service at Casa Ramos

Photo Editor ItÕs five oÕclock on a Tuesday evening and the customers are streaming through the front doors at Casa Ramos in Placerville. Good thing there are plenty of tables inside because this food is in high demand. Why? Well probably because the service is friendly and fast plus the food is fresh and delicious. […]

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