CASA of Jackson County
Contact: Jennifer Mylenek, Executive Director
613 Market St. - Medford OR 97504
I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Iâ€™ve been doing this for eight years and counting, travelling more than 11,000 miles and volunteering over 5,500 hours while advocating for 21 children. My cost to any agency or person while doing this work is zero, just like all CASA volunteers.
Our responsibility is advocating for the best interest of each of our CASA children. That requires us to get to know them, their parent(s), their teachers, doctors, attorney, connected family members and anyone else that is important to the children. We use this information and knowledge to advocate for them in court and anywhere else necessary to promote their best interest.
I cannot imagine a Jackson County without CASAs advocating for neglected and abused children and their best interest.
~ Tom Basgen, CASA Volunteer, CASA Board of Directors
Since becoming a CASA almost two years ago, I have helped a young teenager re-connect with her father and move to his home in another state where she safe and loved; supported a mother as she left an abusive marriage, overcame her addictions, and reunited with her teenage daughters; encouraged a single mom as she successfully made her way through Community Family Court; and been the constant, caring adult in the lives of a young brother and sister as theyâ€™ve been moved to from foster home to foster home and school to school during the past year. I love being a CASA because the work is stimulating, challenging, and extremely rewarding. What could be better than speaking up and standing up for children who might otherwise not have a voice!
~ CASA Deborah
I had a girl in second grade who was living in a very unstable environment and struggling in school. I had been working closely with her teacher to see if we needed an IEP. We got her moved to a more stable and permanent home and within a few months I got a call from a very excited young gal saying she had gotten 100 in her spelling test.
~ CASA Mavis
I have seen the positive effects that occur when children in my court have a CASA appointed to them. The children feel supported, the parents get wonderful mentoring, and having a CASA on the case ultimately results in better outcomes for the family. I would love to have a CASA assigned to each child in dependency court. A bigger site would allow the CASA Program to expand to meet this goal.
~ Lisa C. Greif, Juvenile Court Judge