Welcome Marina!

Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Luis Obispo County (SLO CASA) has a new leader. After an extensive national search, SLO CASA’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Marina Bernheimer, a renowned children’s rights expert, to take the helm of CASA.

“We are delighted that Marina accepted the position as Executive Director. She brings decades of experience fighting for the wellbeing of children, and we are confident that CASA will thrive under her leadership,” said Gil Stork, President of SLO CASA’s Board of Directors.

Marina is a lifelong advocate for vulnerable children. Until last month, she served as the Executive Director of Child Advocates of Nevada County, which administers three programs, including Nevada County CASA. Prior to that, she was Superintendent of Schools in Nevada County.

“I am honored and excited to join SLO CASA and its amazing team of staff and volunteers,” said Marina. “Together, we will work to ensure that every foster child has access to the services they need and deserve.”
Marina’s first day with SLO CASA will be December 5, 2022.

Children waiting for a CASA
Out of County


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.


Help us serve our community’s abused and neglected children by making a donation today.


CASA volunteers are everyday people, appointed by a judge, to speak up for abused and neglected children.


Abused and neglected children throughout the county benefit from our fundraisers.

Our Goal: ensure every child in need has a CASA volunteer by his/her side.

CASA is a local nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to serve as advocates for children who have experienced abuse or neglect throughout San Luis Obispo County.

How We Help

Every year, many children in San Luis Obispo County are reported abused or neglected. Some of them must be removed from their homes because it isn’t safe for them to remain. Many enter foster care and wait for the complex, often lengthy process in which a judge will determine where they may safely and permanently live. During this time, they may move from one temporary home to another, never knowing what will happen next. This is where a CASA volunteer steps in.


A CASA volunteer provides a child who is in the court system due to abuse or neglect with a caring advocate and a reliable adult who gets to know them and speaks up for them in court. These stories illustrate how CASA volunteers change lives.

We are grateful for our sponsors’ & volunteers’ generosity and the relationships we have developed over the years. We will be announcing our “30 for 30” corporate partners soon!

Tuesday, November 29th is Giving Tuesday!

These are the top places our kids love to go with their CASA volunteers.
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There is also still time to donate for 2021 and receive tax benefits.
Your donation supplies a voice, enhancing the lives of children in need throughout San Luis Obispo County.