CASA El Dorado

aka Child Advocates of El Dorado County   |   Placerville, CA   |  www.casaeldorado.org

Mission

Child Advocates of El Dorado County supports abused, neglected, and at-risk youth in court by providing trained volunteers who voice the child's best interest.

Notes from the nonprofit

Like all CASA programs nationwide, we provide a critical service for abused and neglected children in our community. Studies have shown that children who have a CASA advocate in their life do better; they do better in school, in relationships and in life. They spend less time in foster care and are half as likely to end up back in the child welfare system, once their case is closed.

However, even though CASA programs are mandated and empowered by federal, state and local law, we lack sufficient government support to serve all the children we are assigned by the court. in our case, only about 10% of our overall funding comes from state government support. The rest comes from the community and caring donors who believe that we are better off serving these children now, than housing them in jails, prisons and institutions later.

We are efficient and effective and our program makes a significant difference - yet we cannot do this work without the help of our volunteers and donors.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Ms. Deanna Santana

Main address

347 Main St

Placerville, CA 95667 USA

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EIN

68-0299245

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy for dependent children and youth

After rigorous screening, Advocates attend 30 hours of training in line with the National CASA standards along with 2 sessions of court observation. After successful completion, Advocates are carefully matched with a child to ensure the best interest of the child is recognized in court and in life. Currently CASA El Dorado is serving over 75% of the children in the El Dorado County Child Welfare System.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Family relationships

Related Program

Advocacy for dependent children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021, we intend to recruit and train 50 new Child Advocates.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overall vision is to "see the day when every child in El Dorado County is placed in a safe and permanent home". This means that our program will be able to serve every child appointed to us by the court. Currently while we serve double the median average for CASA programs in our state, this would mean that we would need to be able to serve another 100 +/- on an annual basis that go "un-served" today, even though they have been appointed to us by the court. We lack the financial resources and sufficient CASA volunteer advocates to serve them all.

Typically, through the course of the year, approximately 190 children in the El Dorado County foster care system go unserved because there are not enough trained volunteers available. At this time, the Juvenile Court system has a wait list of 41 children who have not had a Court Appointed Special Advocate assigned to them. To address this, CASA El Dorado will recruit and train 50 new volunteer advocates and serve all abused and neglected children, through its creative and innovated recruitment and training programs.

We have some 150 active CASA volunteers at any point in time, serving 300 children per year. Our annual income is in the $500-580,000 per year range. We also have nine Peer Coordinators who help out with administrative duties.

We also have a core group of volunteers called "Friends of CASA" who volunteer in ways other than becoming a CASA advocate. they help on fundraising events, 3rd party events, community engagement opportunities and other administrative duties.

Current we have a staff of eight who represent 8.5 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff. There is an executive director, program director, fiscal manager, fundraising manager, and a grant writer. On the program side we have four program managers who directly serve and support the volunteer CASA advocates who work with the children.

We have a volunteer board of directors that has 15 members who have expertise and connections in: education, business, law, law enforcement, financial planning, child welfare, public relations and technology. They are tasked with responsibility for governance, as well as helping us achieve the vision of serving every child through direct efforts in donor cultivation and stewardship.

Today we are proudly able to assign an advocate to a new child within 30 days! We still have youth on our waiting list and we strive to get to a place where advocates are waiting for children rather than children waiting for an advocate. This requires continual recruiting, training and supporting our Child Advocates and future advocates.

Additionally, we know that there are more children and families in our community who still need an advocate. We are working launching a Family Coaching model to pair alongside a traditional CASA who will work with the parents when they are in the process of reunification. We are using a strength-based model to help families identify where they are meeting the needs of their child and helping develop a network of support in the areas they are not. Next the coaches will work in areas of financial security, self-care, job/educational, healthy life-style, and, parenting skills as a mentor and a coach.

Financials

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CASA El Dorado

Board of directors
as of 5/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Reid Briggs

Educator, Retired

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Claudia Kane

Beacon Wealth Strategies/Raymond James

Term: 2020 - 2022

Bill Fuser

Lilliput Foster Agency

Janine D'Agostini

Events Planning

Aziz Alsagoff

Vision Service Plan

Maria Bass

Umpqua Bank

Reid Briggs

Educator, Retired

Alexis Dascoulias-Foley

Freind of CASA

Judith Davidson

Merrill Lynch

Claudia Kane

Beacon Wealth Strategies

Colleen Ranalli

Retired

Steven Schwarzbach

Western Ecological Research Center

Stacie Walls

El Dorado Cty Sheriff's Dept

Jamie Harrison

Wells Fargo

Shelbi Bennett

Educator

Martin Fine

Attorney

Holly Greenough

Educator

John Sanders

Owner

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

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