Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are everyday people who are heroes in foster children’s lives. They give hope. They change lives. They hold a child’s hand on the journey to a safe and loving forever home.
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 tragic reality. They provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. These dedicated, highly trained community members serve as fact finders for the judge by researching the background of each assigned case. 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 donate 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 that takes. They attend all court hearings and collaborate with attorneys, caseworkers, parents, foster parents, doctors, teachers and counselors to ensure the child’s needs are addressed.
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.
“So many children in foster care do not have anyone to speak for them. DHS, the parents, and the attorneys all have their own interests. As a CASA, I am the only one in court who speaks for the interests of the child. I will not give up until the child is in a safe place and loved.”
— Terrie Sandlin, CASA Volunteer
Foster children who have a CASA volunteer:
- Will spend 7.5 months less time in foster care (saving the state $24,375 for every foster child)
- 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
- Exhibit fewer risk factors
- Receive needed services more often
- Are half as likely to re-enter State care
- Face only 1 percent probability of re-abuse