When a child who has been abused or neglected is going through the trauma of removal and involvement in a juvenile dependency case, a CASA advocate is tirelessly working to guide them through safely, quickly, and effectively.
A CASA advocate is the tireless and passionate protector of a child who has been abused or neglected and is experiencing the trauma of involvement in the system. They are granted tremendous authority by the court, and are able to do what it takes to see that a child is not ignored, their best interests and critical needs are addressed, and that the presiding judge is able to understand the true facts of a child’s condition in an over-burdened child welfare system.
CASAs are in a unique position to work in the system without being of the system. Throughout the process, CASAs have permission to visit the children regularly, talk to a child’s parents, teachers, caseworkers, doctors and therapists in order to hear all perspectives and give an unbiased portrayal of the case to the judge. CASA advocates help kids through the system safely, quickly, and more effectively.
OUR VISION: To advocate for a child in the foster care system who has been abused or neglected and to get them into a permanent home safely, quickly and effectively.
OUR MISSION: We advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the court. We dedicate our resources to recruiting, training, and supporting citizen volunteers in order to provide quality advocacy to as many children as we can.
For new program developments, visit our New Initiatives page.
Read more about CASA For Children of Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties from our recent Annual Reports and Audited Financial Statements on our News & Publications page.