CASA Volunteers Make a Difference for Children.
We all need an occasional reminder of why we do what we do. For CASA staff, that reminder occurs most frequently as a result of the efforts of CASA volunteers.
Here are just a few examples of the commitment of our volunteers:
- The volunteer who, after a series of emotionally wrenching cases, was offered a relatively simple-sounding case and instead asked for another complex case involving siblings. The CASA volunteer said, “Yes, this sounds more like it. I think I could be a strong advocate for these children and I am willing to do what it takes. Yes, I will be their CASA.” She picked up the file the next day!
- The volunteer who tutored a teenager to help with a smooth transition back to the family home after the youth had been in a series of foster placements.
- The CASAs who have worked hard not only to monitor the childrens’ safety and well-being, but to motivate a parent to return to school, even walking the parent through the application process and taking the parent on a campus visit.
Every one of our cases involves some action by the CASA volunteer that influences the outcomes in the best interest of the child or children. Our volunteers remind us why we are here - to do our best to make sure that every child in need of an advocate has a CASA volunteer who is willing and able to make a difference for that child.
We serve over 100 abused and neglected children yearly in Clatsop County, but are in need of more community volunteers for kids in the state’s care. Please consider becoming that “ordinary person doing extraordinary things” for a child. We do trainings just twice a year, and will offer advocacy training beginning Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Our five-week curriculum combines online self-paced learning with once-a-week small group discussion. For more information, please visit www.clatsop-casa.org, call us at (503) 338-6063 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The “Becoming an Advocate” course is offered free through CCC’s Workforce Training program. Students can register through the CASA office or through CCC’s online registration.
Please contact us if you have questions about volunteering at CASA!
CASA OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS - The CASA office will be closed on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015.
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS MONTH: - The recently enacted "Foster Children's Bill of Rights" (http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/Pages/feature-2014-06-foster-child-bill-of-rights.aspx) and how we can use it to advocate for children.