In Case You Missed It...
- Foster Care Caseloads Soar For CASAs In Douglas County...(listen to broadcast here)
- Foster Care rates skyrocketing amid addiction drug addiction in southern Oregon...(read more here)
- CASA Volunteers needed for increase foster care numbers...(read more here)
- A look at the data: Foster Care and drug addiction in Oregon...(read more here)
- Financial Instability is putting children at risk in Douglas County...(read more here)
- New Executive Director - Richelle R. Bryant...(read more here)
CASA's board president, Valerie Trout, and Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Luke A. Stanton presented the inaugural 'Susan Knight Champion for Children Award' to Susan Knight recently retired CASA Executive Director
Thank you to our AMAZING CASA VOLUNTEERS! On August 24th, CASA Board of Directors and Staff honored our incredible CASAs with a 'Boot Scootin' Barbecue Potluck & Dance at the beautiful Roseburg Country Club! Judge Luke Stanton addressed our extraordinary CASAs and their families, expressing gratitude for their volunteer service, as everyone enjoyed delicious potluck BBQ fixin’s! The evening’s highlight featured Susan Knight, recently retired CASA of Douglas County Executive Director, receiving the inaugural "Susan Knight Champion for Children award" in honor of her 15-year legacy of dedication and commitment to children's advocacy. The evening’s festivities culminated with socializing, games for all ages, and the toe-tapping live music of ‘That Other Band’! A Boot Scootin’ FUN TIME was had by all, Ya’ALL!!
The CASA of Douglas County program is a private, non-profit agency founded in 1993 by local attorneys, the Juvenile Court Judge and local youth service providers. The agency is in Roseburg, Oregon and serves all of rural Douglas County. Agency founders saw a local need to provide advocates for abused and neglected children who have been placed in foster care. They believed each child deserved an objective community volunteer to focus on the case from the child's perspective, assuring that their needs are met and that ultimately the child is part of a safe permanent and loving family.
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. CASA volunteers are screened, highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child's best interests in the child protection system.
CASA volunteers are assigned to one or two cases so they can focus on giving them the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers' money and children's futures by helping children find a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.
CASA of Douglas County, Inc. provides valuable volunteer advocacy for abused children. CASA volunteers serve as the "eyes and ears" for the judges in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child's situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children's lives.
CASA volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one or two cases at a time; they bring the child's perspective to the judge; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
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a CASA Volunteer? Click here to find out how.