Welcome 2020!
Important Changes in 2020
New After Hours Phone and Contact policy

T hank you all so much for your advocacy and support of local children in 2019. All of the CASA staff are here for you and are proud to serve alongside you. Starting today we have an after hours phone for you to call for any urgent matters related to your case or your work as a CASA volunteer. As you have done in the past, reach out directly to your supervisor at the CASA office or on their cell phone for advice, to discuss your case, for urgent matters or any other communication you need during their regular business hours. But on weekends and weekdays outside of business hours, please call 805-441-0044 with emergencies , if you need assistance with making a report of suspected child abuse (SCAR) or any other reason you need support from us that can’t (or shouldn’t) wait until the next business day. Program Director Katie Robinson or I will assist you. In addition, if you typically communicate with your supervisor by email, anticipate that they will be reading and responding to you during business hours regardless of when you email. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns about this or anything else. Thank you for all you do!

Teresa
Online Tracking Form
Click on the link CASA Tracking Form to submit it.
It's Important!
Tracking Forms NEED to be turned in by the 5 th   of each month.
If you have any issues please ask your supervisor for help.
Check all Continuing Education CASA is offering for you in January
Book & Movie Club
start the year by attending our Book n Movie Club
SLO CASA Office - Monday,
January 13 at 6 pm

Book: Where the Crawdads Sing

Summary: Known to locals as "the Marsh Girl", a young woman in extremely rural North Carolina makes her way alone in nature. Eventually, she is drawn to other people and the world. The story takes time to develop the characters, setting & story. "You will want to talk about it with another reader." according to Amazon--so please join us in January! 

Attend : Every minute you attend Book n Movie Group counts toward your Continuing Education requirement*

Read : Every 100 pages you read for CASA earns you 1 hour of Continuing Education credit*

*It's fun and easy to earn more of your yearly 12 hours of CE's
Men's Focus Group
Men's Group Social Hour on January 15 at 6 pm

We're mixing things up with an after-work get together on Wednesday, January 15 from 6 to 7:30pm at Central Coast Brewing on Higuera Street (across from RangeMaster). We'll cover the first round of drinks and a few appetizers for CASAs who attend. Let's start 2020 off strong and talk about what other events we want to schedule in the coming year!

Earn 1 hour of Continuing Education credit!
In Service
Poverty & It's Effects on Families
January 23 at 6 pm

Date/Time: January 23, 2020, 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: CASA office, San Luis Obispo
Please RSVP to c orton@slocasa.org

Presenter:     Dr. Jean Williams, Cal Poly SLO

Jean Williams is a Professor in the Political Science department at Cal Poly. Her research focuses on social welfare and social movement politics, particularly those associated with class, gender, and sexuality. Jean is the author of "A Roof Over My Head": Homeless Women and The Shelter Industry (University of Colorado Press, 2016), and numerous articles on poverty and homeless. Jean teaches courses on homelessness, poverty, and social movements in the Political Science and Women and Gender Studies Departments.  

Most of the children served by CASA come from families who live at the poverty level.

Topics to be discussed:
  • Poverty defined
  • Lived experiences for those who are low income (health, stress, social exclusion)
  • Reasons for poverty
  • Poverty in SLO County
  • Stereotypes and stigmas
You will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education.

In order to reduce paper waste, if a presenter uses a PowerPoint presentation, we will email it to all attendees after the presentation. If we have it in advance, we will send it ahead of time. We are making a concerted effort to reduce costs and our negative impact on the environment. 

Free & Low Cost Activities
A great way to build a good relationship with your child is to pursue activities that are child centered or fun for the child.

Click to view January 2020 Calendar
New Revamped Curriculum in 2020

Please Let Your Friends Know! 

We are excited to announce that training will now be easier to accomplish with a self-paced, user-friendly, online portion and only four in-person classes condensed within a two-week period. New volunteers will have the flexibility needed to fit training into their busy lives. To view the in-person training dates, visit

January 2020 Info Sessions
1/8 - 6:30 pm – Starbucks, 1076 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos
1/9 - 1 pm – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, SLO
1/28 - 1 pm – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, SLO
CASA of SLO County is  grateful  for our Corporate sponsors
Bank of the Sierra
Community West Bank
Med Stop
San Luis Sports Therapy
Sentinel Peak Resources LLC
Susan Polk Insurance