“CASAs know how to speak both the legal language of court and the love language of children. Current Oregon law mandates the courts to appoint a CASA for every child in foster care, yet this mandate is woefully underfunded.”
—Rep. Duane Stark, Grants Pass
Rep. Duane StarkGrants Pass
“I, Michael Newman, Presiding Judge in civil child abuse and neglect cases in Josephine County, Oregon, enthusiastically support CASA of Josephine County’s request for funding to expand its CASA program.
I have come to rely upon the recommendations of CASAs to help me make good decisions concerning dependent children. Sanne Specht, our program manager, is doing a wonderful job of revitalizing and expanding our CASA program. I have been pleased to appoint CASAs to many more dependency cases than we have previously had CASAs available for. However, our need for CASAs is still much greater than the number of available, trained volunteers.
We live in a rural, depressed county with a distressingly high number of abused and neglected children. These children need to have CASAs advocating for them in dependency cases in order to obtain the best possible results. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Sanne to improve outcomes for our dependent children.”
Michael NewmanJosephine County Circuit Court Judge
The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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“Our foster children are very vulnerable, and they are in a really bad situation that’s no fault of their own. And they need someone to help them. We are always asking for a CASA to be assigned to a case. It can’t always happen, because there aren’t enough CASAs, but we always ask for it. It is a huge need.”
Denise MaasCASA and Citizen Review Board member
“Often a CASA can do practical legwork in a case that would be very difficult for a child’s attorney to accomplish. The CASA can provide information that helps the parents and caseworker resolve issues, or bring to their attention issues that they might not have known about.”
Rebecca PetersonAttorney, Josephine County
Welcome to CASA of Josephine County
We are a small but passionate organization whose mission is to advocate for every child whose experienced abuse and neglect and to ensure they have the opportunity to thrive. Our advocates fuel that mission and make it all possible. Currently, our team consists of Heather Brown, Program Director, and Mia Kossover, Case Supervisor and Trainer. We both absolutely love our volunteers and the work we do.