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Court-appointed special advocates help foster children navigate the overburdened juvenile dependency system and recommend services to meet each child's specific needs.

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Who Are We

Since 2004, our agency and dedicated CASA program volunteers have advocated for abused and neglected foster children, guided by the belief that all children deserve safe, loving and permanent homes. Since 2017, we have also facilitated a trauma-informed summer camp program benefiting local children exposed to domestic violence, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or other forms of family trauma.

Our agency was founded to support and advocate for foster children, and we maintain that commitment today. But as the summer camp program has continued to grow, our eyes have been opened to the great need for services for trauma-exposed and at-risk youth outside of the foster care system as well.

So we decided to make a change.

On October 1, 2019, our agency changed its name from CASA of Siskiyou County to Youth Empowerment Siskiyou and expanded our mission to be able to serve any youth age 0-25 who has been exposed to trauma, is in the foster care system or is at-risk.

During this time of transition, we sought guidance from other agencies in our community asking, “What would you like to see from us? How can we better serve our community?” What we heard in reply was that there was a need to serve all of our community’s trauma-exposed youth through a variety of programs supporting children and families outside of Court system involvement.

Our experience has been that even in the best-case scenarios, our children need more help than what the CASA program can provide alone. We want to broaden the services we provide, as well as who has access to these programs. We are confident that restructuring our agency will strengthen our CASA and summer camp programs, and also allow us to build new programs serving our community’s at-risk youth in the years to come.

Feedback from the community about the rebranding is welcome. Please contact us with any questions, compliments, suggestions, or concerns.

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Helping Children Heal From Trauma

By Elizabeth Roberger | September 17, 2020 |

Help your child feel safe. Keep a regular routine for meals, playtime and bedtime. Encourage (don’t force) children to talk about their feelings.  Tell them it’s normal to have a lot of feelings, listen and let them know what happened is not their fault. Provide extra attention, comfort and encouragement. Younger children may want extra…

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Foster Youth More Likely to be Suspended from School

By Elizabeth Roberger | August 6, 2020 |

“Students who are suspended or expelled are more likely than their peers to have academic problems, drop out of school, and enter the juvenile justice system.”   Kids Data recently released a bunch of data regarding school attendance for the 2018-2019 school year.   Suspension Data by Foster Youth Status California  Foster Youth 151.1 per…

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What is Trauma-Informed Care?

By Elizabeth Roberger | July 15, 2020 |

What is trauma-informed care? Summed up simply it is approaching services through the lens of “what happened to you?” rather than “what’s wrong with you?” Asking what has happened to someone when they come into services is encompassing, less victimizing and seeks to understand. The main purpose of approaching services with a trauma-informed lens is…

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Pride Month and LGBTQ Foster Youth

By Elizabeth Roberger | June 24, 2020 |

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, a tipping point for the Gay Rights Movement in the United States. The movement began under the leadership of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P Johnson and Storme DeLarverie. Today, celebrations attract millions of participants around the world, recognizing the significant impact that…

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Summer Camp in the Time of Covid-19

By Elizabeth Roberger | June 23, 2020 |

Since Covid-19 is a new virus that scientists know very little about right now it feels like the information being released is ever changing. The American Academy of Pediatrics published an article about summer camp in the time of Covid-19. Information covered includes: camp safety, camp benefits and testing. If you’re concerned about your child…

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How Does Trauma Manifest Itself?

By Elizabeth Roberger | June 2, 2020 |

The ways in which trauma and PTSD may present themselves is dependent on the individual, their life history and personal experiences. Symptoms of trauma are exhibited on a spectrum ranging from subtle to disabling. Some people want to process their traumas while others may choose not to. This post is a very simplified description of…

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What is trauma?

By Elizabeth Roberger | June 2, 2020 |

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. (1) Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17…

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11 Reasons to be a CASA

By Elizabeth Roberger | June 2, 2020 |

 1. Advocating is important to you. The children we serve are vulnerable and benefit from having someone in their corner with no other obligations or bias.   2. There are 22 foster children that are awaiting a CASA. Y.E.S. has been authorized to provide CASAs for these 22 foster children but we need you!  …

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Ted Talk: Life in a Trash Bag

By Elizabeth Roberger | May 26, 2020 |

Watch this video of Rob Scheer talk about his non- profit Comfort Cases which has a mission similar to our own Luggage of Love program. Youth Empowerment Siskiyou’s Luggage of Love program concentrates on serving foster youth right here in Siskiyou County.  Luggage of Love gives youth entering foster care a comfort bag. Our comfort…

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The End of Juvenile Imprisonment in California

By Elizabeth Roberger | May 26, 2020 |

“Today is the beginning of the end of juvenile imprisonment as we know it,” said Governor Newsom in a statement published Jan 22, 2019. “Juvenile justice should be about helping kids imagine and pursue new lives — not jumpstarting the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The system should be helping these kids unpack…

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