Updated on 3/31/22
To our CASA community,
Over the past couple years, our organization has taken the necessary precautions to help reduce the exposure and spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We continue to follow the federal, state, and local mandates to ensure the health and safety of our employees and our communities.
Currently, our organization is not requiring masks, which is in compliance with all regulations. Please note that although CASA for Children isn't requiring masks, some of our partners still have a mask mandate that you must comply with, such as certain offices and/or courthouses. For example, the Juvenile Justice Center, which our Multnomah County office resides in, does require masks in all general spaces. Once in our CASA for Children office, you may remove your mask if you would like and we encourage individuals to make the best decisions for themselves.
We will continually assess the situation and keep you informed. We appreciate all of our volunteers! We want all of you, and our staff, to stay healthy. Please take the steps you think are necessary to take care of yourself. Our supervisors are here to support you and we encourage you to reach out to them with any questions or concerns.
COVID'S EFFECT ON CHILD WELFARE
Under stress: Coronavirus takes a toll on Oregon’s foster system
Child Abuse Reports Drop 70% In 1 Month, Leaving Oregon Officials Concerned
Coronavirus Is Isolating Some Kids In Protective Care From Parents And Services
Message from Oregon's Child Welfare Director Rebecca Jones Gaston
Oregon child abuse reports drop dramatically after schools shut statewide
Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Oregon Child Welfare Agency Responds To Foster Families In Crisis
Multnomah County District Attorney: Child abuse underreported amid outbreak
GENERAL COVID RESOURCES
CASA for Children is not a healthcare or medical research organization. Our resources are not exhaustive, but they do aim to provide information to volunteers and our community about how COVID is impacting the lives of children and youth in the foster care system.
For more detailed information about the coronavirus, please visit the website of your local health department, CDC, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) as noted here. All websites will be updated as more information becomes available.