Board of Supervisors approves organization’s plans

SAN MARCOS — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently granted Casa de Amparo a Major Use Permit for building on the 11 acres of land it owns in Twin Oaks Valley. The organization is currently located in Oceanside, and serves abused and neglected children and their families throughout San Diego County. 

“We started this process in 1998 with our feasibility study,” said Jerry Stein, Casa de Amparo Board member and chair of the Twin Oaks building committee since the beginning of the project. “Today our determination and perseverance on behalf of our Casa Kids have finally paid off.”

The Children’s Shelter, which has been located at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside since Casa opened its doors in 1978, will be relocated to the new property, according to Sharon Delphenich, executive director for Casa.
“The mission needs the space and has been extremely patient while we’ve gone through the proposal process,” Delphenich said. “Most important, the Major Use Permit will allow us to build state-of-the-art facilities where we can serve these very deserving children.”
In addition, Casa intends to use the Twin Oaks property for a replication of the Child Development Center now located at Ivey Ranch in Oceanside “With more than 10,000 substantiated cases of child abuse in San Diego County every year, we know there’s a need for prevention programs like our highly successful CDC,” Delphenich said. “Prevention is the key to addressing this serious problem, and that’s our priority.”

Before announcing official building plans, Casa will meet with a group of prominent community leaders who will help determine how the organization can use the property to best meet community needs in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Strategies resulting from the group will be incorporated into the plan by the Casa board of directors as the project moves forward, according to Delphenich.