CASA FOR RIVERSIDE COUNTY INC

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law

Location: 44199 Monroe St Ste D Indio CA 92201 USA

Mission: TO ORGANIZE THE SCREENING AND TRAINING OF VOLUNTEERS IN ORDER TO ASSIST JUNENILE WARDS OF THE COURT WITH THE COURT SYSTEM AND OTHER AUTHORITY AGENCIES.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been involved for only a few years, I have had limited experience with this organization. However, I have spent considerable time working with children over the past 46 years. CASA involvement is the latest for me and one I feel most passionate about. The well-being and protection of children in Foster Care is such an important task for me. I worry so much about these children who did not ask to be removed from their homes, but for many reasons they are forced to live with strangers who may or may not treat them with the love and compassion these children need so much. I only wish more people knew what CASA does for these children, If they did they too would be compassionate about this worthwhile cause.

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I have never been in a position to require the services of this fantastic organization, however I know that if I had need of a CASA that relationship would benefit me immensely.

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I would re-write the rules of the various Boards of Directors being responsible for reporting to a National Organization. Each chapter must be more accountable to a governing body.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is a great organization! Growing up is hard enough, and unimaginable without family to help you along the way. I see how CASA has impacted many lives for the better including my own. Being paired with my new little sister has been really fun for me. I think I am benefiting from this experience just as much as my little sister. It is a win/win situation.

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remembering to always find the beauty in any situation.

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Create a CASA home where volunteers and foster children could spend time together. I would like to be able to spend time in a familiar setting instead of public places. This would allow us to work on a hobby and collaborate with other volunteers and foster children. And it would help mentor some of the basics... cooking, laundry, responsibility etc. It would also show children they are not alone in this world, and always have a place to go for help.

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CASA has completed my lifetime goals and given me the oppoetunity to work with Foster children specifically. I am a retired high school counselor and when I was finishing up my degree at Cal State Fullerton , I was assigned an internship at a local home/school for emotionally disturbed Foster Children. It was a 6 month program and at that time I vowed to return to that child specifically and in a small and personal way, become involved. I am retired now and my goal is being met as I am currently helping a 18 year old mother for the past 4 years. I feel that I have helped her by being the only person in her life that has been a constant unpaid friends, I was fortunate enough to hold her hand during the delivery of her daughter and other events during that time of her life that a mom should have been present. Social Workers in California are overworked and need help. I also use my knowledge as a School Counselor to act as my CASA's Educational Surrogate, helping her make critcal decisions about her future.

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This has been one of the most fullfilling experiences in my retirment years and now that my CASA has aged out of the system I will proceed to another child. One at a time is meaningful in many ways, as a School Counselor I had hundreds of students to care for, but now I like focusing on one. I have 4 children and 8 grandchildren and they are all watching me take time for these kids .

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CASA Riverside has gone through the growing years and I can say they are a fine well organized group that meets the needs of not only the children, but the volunteers as well In a few counties in California there is TV advertisement for CASA. They could do better recruiting through the TV.

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