About

Our CASAs

Court Appointed Special Advocates fight for a foster child’s opportunity to thrive and their right to grow up in a safe, loving environment. Our volunteers change these children’s lives and give them the unwavering support that they deserve. 

Foster children who have a CASA volunteer:
  • Experience fewer placement changes
  • Have a greater likelihood of returning home or being adopted
  • Are more likely to have increased self esteem and the ability to make positive choices
  • Achieve greater academic success
  • Are half as likely to re-enter State care
  • Face only 1 percent probability of re-abuse

Our mission

Founded in 1986, CASA of Josephine County is a non-profit organization responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the work of CASA volunteers. Our mission is to ensure that every child in foster care has a qualified, compassionate adult who will fight for their right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

 

What we do

More than 400 children enter the court system in Josephine County each year due to abuse or neglect, and the number is on the rise. One in 50 children in our community now live in foster care.

In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASAs have the power to prevent this from happening. They provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. These dedicated, highly trained community members serve as the child’s voice for the judge. They speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and work to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe, permanent home.

CASA volunteers do what no one else does — they give their time to act as independent eyes and ears of the court and speak solely for the best interest of children in foster care. The CASA is the one, consistent person who stays with the child throughout the court process — for as long as it takes. They attend all court hearings and collaborate with attorneys, caseworkers, parents, foster parents, doctors, teachers and mental health professionals to ensure the child’s needs are met.

 

CASA of Josephine County is a recipient of federal funds through Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). In 2015, Congress significantly raised the financial cap on VOCA funding. To qualify to receive these funds, we are required to post this Civil Rights Fact Sheet on our website.

“Whenever one person stands up and says ‘Wait a minute, this is wrong,’ It helps others to do the same.”
— Gloria Steinem