CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a volunteer that is appointed by a judge to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. CASAs are ordinary men and women that come from all walks of life, educational levels, and ethnic backgrounds, who volunteer to serve as an advocate for a child or sibling group. Today, the law requires that every child in foster care be appointed a CASA. The CASA acts as the voice for the child. When a child enters the child welfare system, suddenly there are many strangers in their lives. There are judges, police officers, lawyers, counselors, foster parents, and others. This child needs a voice to remind everyone that at the heart of it all, there is a child involved.
We want to welcome Megan Croxford to the CASA family who was sworn in today 1/9/18 by Judge Hampton. Congratulations Megan and we are excited about you joining our CASA family and becoming a Powerful Voice for children in foster care!
Jesus Rome – CASA Manager at UMCHS
We are all lacing up our shoes to run in the Portland Marathon on October 8th, 2017! Funds go DIRECTLY to CASA in Umatilla-Morrow County Donate 2 Ways, Online at: give.everydayhero.com/us/umatilla-morrow-county-head-start-casa-program Or by check (Umatilla-Morrow CASA Program).
Kriss Dammeyer, Don Rome and Jesus Rome are excited and counting down the days before the BIG run on October the 8th. At this point in time we have received a total of $562.00 for our CASA program. Our goal is to reach $1,500 by October the 8th! We would love your support as we mentally and physically prepare for the Marathon in the last two weeks.
Let’s welcome our new CASA Carolyn Mildenberger to our family! She was sworn in on 9/25/17 by Judge Brauer.
Welcome Carolyn and we are excited about you Being a Powerful Voice and Ears for children in foster care!
We want to welcome and congratulate David Stockard and Kathy Bodewig our two new CASA’s that were sworn in on May 9th, 2017 by Honorable Judge Hampton. We are excited and looking forward to their commitment to serving youth in the foster care system.
Once again congratulations and welcome to the CASA family!
On May 2nd Umatilla-Morrow CASA celebrated our 4th Annual CASA BBQ. Thank you for everyone that attended and a special thank you to Charlie and Carol for hosting the event in their home. Charlie your ribs and chicken were a big hit!! At the event we recognized and congratulated the CASA’s that were awarded their one year pin. The CASA’s that were recognized for their one year pin included: Shannon Snyder, Virginia Storey, Margaret Beckwith, Lisa, Constantine, Tina Fox, Tim Handforth, Anna Johnson, Jerri Mikkelsen, Sybil Tremper, Terre Rasmussen and Selen Rosas. We also appreciated and recognized Kriss Dammeyer for her three year pin! Overall we all had an amazing time and we are looking forward to our next get together!
The 2017 National CASA Conference was held in Seattle, WA on March 11-13. As it is rarely held in the western part of the U.S. it was an amazing opportunity to attend so close to home. As result of the Fetzer Foundation grant we were able to send 10 CASA’s and 2 staff—I believe the most CASA’s from Oregon!
Jesus Rome – CASA Manager at UMCHS
How do I become a CASA?
If you have a willingness to help children and be their voice, you can be a CASA. To become a CASA. you must complete the following 6 steps.
- Complete an application and interview.
- Pass a fingerprint and criminal history background check.
- Complete 36 hours of initial training and orientation. All of the training must be completed.
- Be sworn in as an officer of the court.
- Meet with the case manager for a case assignment.
- CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a CASA Volunteer.
Role of CASA?
When a CASA volunteer is appointed to a case, he or she is responsible for gathering information, and coordinating as many elements as possible, in order to secure for each child a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASAs visit children regularly, review records, interview parents and relatives, consult with teachers and foster care providers. They advocate for the children and families to gain access to needed support and services. They appear in court to advocate on behalf of the child’s needs and best interests.