WHAT A CASA DOES
Every child deserves a safe, permanent home.
CASA of Clackamas County provides quality volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children who are in foster care. Oregon law states that every child in foster care should be appointed a CASA.
Every. Day. Abused and neglected children in Clackamas County are taken from their homes and placed into foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are a special kind of volunteer. When a child is taken into protective custody, their volunteer advocate visits them monthly, advocates for the child’s needs to be met, provides a voice in court for the child, and is a consistent, caring adult during their time in foster care.
CASAs are ordinary people...men and women, executives, retirees, and busy professionals who give their time and their hearts to make an extraordinary difference for some of our communities' most vulnerable children. You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense.
What is the main goal of a CASA?
As a CASA volunteer, you will get to know the child for whom you are advocating. You will investigate and gather information, advocate for the child, make recommendations to the court, and monitor the progress of the case. The information that you gather, along with your recommendations, helps the court to make informed decisions.
how big is the TIME commitment?
A CASA volunteer typically dedicates 10-20 hours per month to their case. After completing training, we ask that each volunteer commit to seeing the child face to face at least monthly. You will also periodically attend court hearings and other case meetings. Additional time will be required to gather information and advocate for the best interest of the child.