Columbia Gorge CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers - just like you - to advocate for these children and ensure that they do not languish in the well-meaning, but overburdened child welfare system.
The trained volunteer, called a "CASA” ( Court Appointed Special Advocate) monitors the child's needs and follows up to ensure services are provided. CASA volunteers are a lifeline for children during this traumatic time in their lives - a bearer of hope.
We need more CASA volunteers so that we can serve all children in foster care here in the Gorge. Lift up a child's voice, a child's life. Become a CASA!
Inspiration came to Seattle juvenile court judge David W. Soukup in 1976. Judge Soukup had insufficient information to make a life-changing decision for a 3-year-old girl who had suffered from child abuse.
That’s where the idea came from: These children, who had experienced abuse or neglect, needed trained volunteers speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.
A CASA is often the only consistent person in a child's life during their time in foster care.
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A world where every child who has experienced abuse or neglect is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.
Every abused or neglected child needs a caring, consistent adult to advocate for his or her well-being.
To advocate for the needs and well-being of children in foster care through professionally trained and supported community volunteers.