Media Kit

Mission Statement

CASA of San Luis Obispo County advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate for this vulnerable population with the goal of ensuring that each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

CASA's Origin

A Seattle judge conceived the idea to use trained community volunteers to speak for the interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. This Seattle program was so successful that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA, with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today more than 900 CASA programs are in operation, with 62,000 women and men serving as CASA volunteers.

CASA of San Luis Obispo

CASA of San Luis Obispo County has been providing advocacy for local children since 1993. There are over 100 CASA volunteer advocates actively working on cases in our local community at any given time.
CASA volunteers investigate: seeking a clear and deep understanding of the child’s situation.
CASA volunteers plan: working with child welfare professionals to determine what strategies promote the best interests of the child.
CASA volunteers advocate: reporting to the court what they discover and working within other systems to make sure that children receive the services needed to advance their well being.
CASA volunteers connect: establishing strong relationships with the child, which is often the only stable connection in a foster child’s life. In California, the CASA volunteer is generally assigned to one child or sibling group.

Board of Directors

A dynamic and diverse group of community leaders serve on the board of directors for CASA of San Luis Obispo County. For more information about the board, visit our Team Page below.

Fact Sheet

CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

• CASA is a 501( c) 3 nonprofit organization and depends on community
donations to support the loca l program.

• There are more than 900 CASA programs in operation across the
United States, with more than 62,000 men and women serving as
volunteers .

• There are 650 children in San Luis Obispo County receiving county
services due to their abuse or neglect.

• There are over 450 children under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court
in San Luis Obispo County due to abuse and neglect .

• More than 180 abused or neglected children in San Luis Obispo County
have their own CASA volunteer to advocate for their unique needs and
to speak for them in court.

• More than a 150 concerned community members serve as CASA
volunteers

• The goal of a CASA volunteer is to help every abused or neglected
child they work with find or return to a safe, permanent home and give
them hope for a better life.

• CASA volunteers receive training from legal, child development and
welfare professionals, and have advocate supervisors to advise them
on all aspects of their cases.

• CASA volunteers are responsible for reviewing records, researching,
and talking to everyone involved with their child, including social
workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, family members and
most importantly, the children themselves.

• CASA of San Luis Obispo County is an equal opportunity organization
and believes that embracing diversity and inclusiveness strengthens
the status of children and their families and is vital to the
organization’s vision, mission and development initiatives.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February is CASA Recruitment Month

San Luis Obispo, Calif. – January 7, 2020

Contact :
Cathy Orton
CASA of San Luis Obispo County
(805) 541-6542 x 115
corton@slocasa.org

CASA of San Luis Obispo County kicks off its February recruitment drive with exciting news! CASA now offers a new, hybrid training program through CASA University! This new platform makes completing training easier and more convenient than ever. The CASA University training is a 36 hour course that combines a self-paced, online curriculum that is user-friendly and easy to navigate with four in-person classes over a two week period. If you are interested in learning more, please attend an Information Session and fill out an application if you wish to become a volunteer. Once your application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Please feel free to contact CASA directly with any questions at (805) 541-6542 or check out the website at https://slocasa.org/volunteer-at-casa/.


Contact info

Teresa Tardiff

Executive Director
CASA of San Luis Obispo County
75 Higuera Street , Suite 180
P.O. Box 1168
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Tel: 805.541.6542 x 103
Fax: 805.541.5637
ttardiff@slocasa.org
www.slocasa.org

Daniella Barion

Recruitment and Retention Specialist
CASA of San Luis Obispo County
75 Higuera Street , Suite 180
P.O. Box 1168
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Tel: 805.541.6542 x 105
Fax: 805.541.5637
dbarion@slocasa.org
www.slocasa.org

Cathy Orton

Resource Development Director
CASA of San Luis Obispo County
75 Higuera Street , Suite 180
P.O. Box 1168
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Tel: 805.541.6542 x 115
Fax: 805.541.5637
corton@slocasa.org
www.slocasa.org

Jenae Walters

Events and Development Coordinator
CASA of San Luis Obispo County
75 Higuera Street , Suite 180
P.O. Box 1168
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Tel: 805.541.6542 x 110
Fax: 805.541.5637
jwalters@slocasa.org
www.slocasa.org