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RENEW HOPE FOR A CHILD

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BECOME A CASA

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What is CASA? 

The mission of the Yamhill County CASA Program (YC CASA) is to speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children under the jurisdiction of the court. Our program, founded in 1992, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who are appointed by a judge as Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers (CASAs) for children in dependency cases.

  

CASAs strive to reduce the length of time children spend in foster care while also keeping children’s best interests at the core of all case decisions. CASAs take the time to make sure each child we serve is having their academic, social, emotional, and physical needs met. CASAs support family preservation and understand that it is in children’s best interests to rejoin their family as soon as safely possible, whenever possible. CASAs believe the best outcomes are reached when every person- child and adult- feels valued, respected, and heard.

YC CASA believes every child deserves a safe and stable home. We recruit volunteers who understand the value of family history, are sensitive to barriers that traumatic experiences introduce, and who are culturally mindful. We cultivate volunteers who are driven to work collaboratively to help children and families connect with tools to process trauma, rebuild trust, and regain a sense of safety. Through robust training and support, our volunteers become knowledgeable about the array of services available to help families reunite stronger and safer.  

Brighter Futures and Stronger Communities

Children who have experienced abuse or neglect fare better with a CASA volunteer by their side. Studies have shown:

They are more likely

to find a safe, permanent home

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They are more likely

to succeed in

school

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They are half as likely

to re-enter the foster care system

"History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children."

Nelson Mandela

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