Eleven Yolo County residents have been trained as Court Appointed Special Advocates, ready to speak for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. They are Janna Haynes, Michelle Raj, Blake Flick, John Morelli, Maria Usacheva, Nancy Kam, Karen Selby, Seetha Reddy, Patrice White, Penny Gore and Marguerite Schaffron.
After successfully completing a 30-hour training and rigorous background screening, volunteer advocates — empowered directly by the court — offer judges the information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while they’re in foster care.
Yolo County CASA holds orientations every Thursday at noon and the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in its offices at 724 Main St., Suite 102, in Woodland. To reserve a space in an orientation — or to learn more about the next training, which begins Saturday, March 22, call 530-661-4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.