Every child deserves a safe and loving home.
In our county, over 100 children are placed into foster care each year. They have suffered abuse and neglect, are traumatized and confused, and everything in their world changed when they were removed from home. Clatsop CASA works to ensure those children have the best possible outcome by advocating for their needs. Sometimes this means the children will be reunited with their biological family. Sometimes this means they will be adopted. It often means that a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer spent time getting to know the children and the family situation, to understand what is best for their future.
Every child deserves an advocate.
CASA volunteers fulfill that role when children enter foster care. Our volunteers come from all different backgrounds and ages. What they share is a need to do right by the abused and neglected children who don’t have a voice. They know that getting to know just one of those 100 children makes a difference.
Training to become a CASA volunteer includes learning the causes of abuse and neglect, how the court system works when a child is removed from home, child welfare laws, court observations, and learning about the role of a CASA. We are training new CASA volunteers, beginning on October 22 in Astoria. The time commitment of a CASA volunteer is about 4 hours a month. The difference a CASA makes in a child’s life is immeasurable.
Every child has a family.
When a child can’t return to her parents, finding her extended family becomes crucial for the child’s sense of belonging. Many of the parents in the dependency system have lost touch with their extended family. There may be family members who are willing to be a resource for the child if only they knew about the situation. Our new Family Find Program offers a volunteer opportunity for people wanting to help reunite children and families.
Family Find volunteers are trained to locate and contact extended family members of foster children. The work can be done at the volunteer’s convenience over a 6-8 week time period. The next Family Find training session will be on Tuesday, September 30.
Please contact us if you have questions about volunteering at CASA!
NEW VOLUNTEER PROGRAM - BECOME A FAMILY FIND VOLUNTEER! - We are training new volunteers at the Seaside Library on Tuesday, September 30 from 6-8 p.m. To register or for more information, please contact Lauren Wilson (email@example.com or 503-791-5772).
NEW CASA VOLUNTEER TRAINING STARTS OCTOBER 22 - We will again be combining 15 hours of online training with 15 hours of small group discussion in a six week course. Click the What We Do tab for more information!
CASA THANKS CANNON BEACH - Clatsop CASA was honored to receive a Community Grant from the City of Cannon Beach to help our volunteers to provide much needed advocacy services for abused and neglected children in our county.