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Do you like to investigate? Can you facilitate communications between people who can’t see eye to eye? Can you advocate for the best interest of a child, even when the system thinks there’s an easier way? Are you willing to spend time monitoring a child’s process through the juvenile dependency courts? You may just make a GREAT CASA! This will likely be our last group orientation before training begins in May. Please think about joining our dedicated group of volunteers who stand up for the children in foster care in our county. (There are currently over 200!) If you can’t volunteer at this time – maybe you know someone who would make a great advocate? Every day, abused and neglected children in Oregon are taken from their homes and placed into foster care because their parents are unable to safely care for them. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are needed to ensure that the educational, emotional, medical and practical needs of these children are identified and met in an often overburdened child welfare system.
CASAs are ordinary people… men and women, executives, stay-at-home parents, retirees, and busy professionals who give of their time and hearts to make an extraordinary difference for some of Oregon’s most vulnerable children.
As a CASA volunteer, you will get to know the child for whom you are advocating by visiting them at least once a month and speaking to those involved in the child’s life. You will investigate and gather information, advocate for the child, make recommendations to the Court, and monitor the progress of the case as you attend periodic meetings and hearings. The information you gather and your recommendations help the Court make informed decisions.
We will provide all of the training you need to be a powerful voice for a child’s best interest. A CASA volunteer typically spends 10-20 hours per month on his or her case.
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