Was there ever a time in your life when you needed someone to stand up for you?
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, provides a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. Today, more than 300 children live in foster care in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers have the power to prevent this tragic reality. These dedicated, highly-trained community members serve as fact finders for the judge by researching the background of each assigned case. They speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and work to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe, permanent home.
To report child abuse or neglect in Jefferson, Deschutes or Crook counties, call 541-693-2854, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
On November 16, Pine Mountain Sports raised more than $22,000 for CASA from local businesses and individuals as part of its Powderhound Community Ambassador Program. Read more...
One dollar of every pint sold at the Deschutes Brewery In Downtown Bend on Tuesdays this November is donated to CASA of Central Oregon, helping provide a voice for local children in foster care.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
Children in foster care connect with extended family members with Family Find program. Read about it here.