Award Doubles CASA of Central Oregon Advocates to Local Foster Kids
The results are in! The Power of 100 Program’s $10,000 award to the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Central Oregon has enabled them to double the number of foster kids who have someone in their corner advocating for them. So far in 2019, 24 children from south Deschutes county have entered foster care due to abuse/neglect, with 19 placed in south county foster homes. Thanks to the Sunriver Women’s Club’s (SRWC) sponsorship of the Power of 100 Program, 91% of these children have a CASA volunteer. Many of the CASA live in the area, but more local volunteers are needed to reach 100% of foster kids being supported.
On average in Central Oregon, a child in foster care will have four different caseworkers and three different foster placements. A CASA volunteer is often the only consistent adult in a child’s life during his or her time in foster care. Such a relationship is the single most important factor in helping a child develop resilience to thrive despite trauma. CASA of Central Oregon has been doing their part to improve the lives of children in Oregon’s struggling foster care system. CASA of Central Oregon is serving a higher percentage of children in foster care than almost any other program in the state, in part due to the generosity and community support of organizations like the SRWC.
To learn more about CASA of Central Oregon or to volunteer as an advocate go to www.casaofcentraloregon.org.