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I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). I’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 they’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
MISSION
The mission of CASA of Jackson and Josephine Counties is to provide specially trained community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes. 
 
What Is CASA of Jackson County?
CASA of Jackson County, founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers.  CASA volunteers do what no one else does- they donate their time to act as independent eyes and ears of the court and speak solely for the best interest of children and youth in the custody of DHS.
 
Who Are CASAs?
·         Community members from varied educational backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences
·         Individuals with a genuine interest in the well-being of children
·         Men, women or couples over 21 years old, who are willing to complete 40 hours of training plus 12 hours annually of continued education and give
approximately 10 hours per month to change the life of a child
 
Who Are the Children?
·         Abused and neglected children are all ages, newborns to age 18; 41% are 5 years old or younger
·         It is estimated that more than 800 children in Jackson County are victims of abuse and/or neglect each year
 
What Does A CASA Do?
After being appointed by a Juvenile Court Judge, a CASA: 
·         Gathers all pertinent information related to the child’s case
·         Identifies the child’s needs and ensures appropriate services
·         CASAs show up and speak up
·         Makes recommendations to the court judge through written and verbal reports
·         Serves as a consistent & knowledgeable advocate for the child’s placement in a safe, permanent and nurturing home
 
Why Do We Need CASAs?
·         The presiding judge relies on the CASA to investigate the case and recommend what is in the child’s best interest.
·         CASAs strive to make sure children are not re-abused
·         CASAs ensure children receive needed services  (therapy, health care, special education)
·         CASAs are often the only consistent person in an abused child’s life
 

 
Erin Carpenter
Development and Media Manager
CASA of Jackson County
613 Market Street, Medford, Oregon 97501
541-734-2272 | www.jacksoncountycasa.org
 

 


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