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Training for CASA volunteers

Ninteen children waiting for an advocate


Court-Appointed Special Advocate 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 and youth in foster care. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in foster care.

Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

“I can strongly say no child in foster care should be without a CASA … not even one child. The process that these children go through from family/life problems, state and court processes, emotional and physical challenges is incredibly saddening and even close to crazy," a former Deschutes County foster parent stated.

Right now in Jefferson County, 31 children have been appointed to the CASA program and with the current volunteer base, the program is only able to provide 12 of them with a CASA. There are 19 children waiting for an advocate.

An upcoming training for Jefferson and Crook counties runs from Saturday, Jan. 11, through Wednesday, Feb. 26, with most classes held in Redmond. Volunteers are urgently needed. In order to participate in the January training, applications must be received by Monday, Jan. 6.

For more information about the training, contact Pat Fisher, Madras program coordinator, at 541-475-9426.   To learn more about CASA of Central Oregon, visit the website HYPERLINK "http://www.casaofcentraloregon.org" www.casaofcentraloregon.org.




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