Someone to provide help with legal matters

November 24, 2013 

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    • Address: P.O. Box 3488, Modesto, CA 95353

    •  Phone: (209) 548-6320

    • Web site:

    •  How we help those in need:

    Recruit volunteers from the community to become court-appointed advocates for foster children and youth

    Screen, train and match volunteer advocates with foster children the dependency court judge has referred to our program for services

    Supervise volunteer advocates to ensure independent and accurate reports to the judge regarding the foster child’s residential placement, education, health (medical and mental health) and family connections

    Be the voice of the (foster) child in court

    Strive for long-term, positive and permanent placement for foster youth as soon as possible

    •  Individuals and/or families assisted per month:

    CASA has served more than 70 foster children each month so far in 2013

    CASA trains 35 to 50 volunteer advocates per year

    More than 400 hours each month is spent collectively by volunteers to serve needs of foster children

    CASA has a high-priority waiting list of more than 300 foster children referred by court who are awaiting a CASA advocate

    •  How a $10 donation helps:

    Nearly all CASA of Stanislaus County money is spent for staff to recruit, train and oversee volunteers

    Our volunteers provide more than 400 hours of service to foster children per month, valued at more than $7,500/month

    A $130 donation would provide funding to serve one child for one month

    •  Volunteer update:

    CASA of Stanislaus County has three training sessions scheduled for 2014. Volunteers who are willing to go through the screening and training process are needed. The 40-hour training sessions are held approximately every four months.

    There is no need for nonadvocate volunteers because of confidentiality issues serving foster youth.

Cassie Sowell needed someone to represent her interests in court.

She got a court appointed special advocate who did that, and so much more.

Her advocate, CASA of Stanislaus Director Steve Ashman, offered guidance and help in a variety of areas.

For instance, when Sowell wanted to change her last name after a bad experience with an adoptive family, Ashman spoke up for her.

“He’s helped me with other things, as well,” Sowell said. Now she is attending school and looking to the future.

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