KCBY, Aug 10, 2009
The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Coos County invites those interested in representing the needs of vulnerable children in Coos County to become a CASA volunteer. More CASA volunteers are needed to stand up in court for foster children in our community. New volunteer training classes begin this September.
CASA of Coos County, an Oregon Coast Community Action program, provides trained volunteers who advocate for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. The program hopes to expand the CASA volunteer force in the region. Currently, the dedicated CASA volunteers are serving about half of the children in need of advocacy in Coos County.
“CASA volunteers can make a significant difference in the lives of children in our community,” said CASA Director Twila Veysey. “CASA has been a program of the Coos Commission on Children and Families since the program started in 1993. We have the support of our Coos County Juvenile Court and work closely with local tribes, Department of Human Services and other community partners to make sure children will grow up in safe and permanent homes.”
Each volunteer must complete a 30 hour mandated training designed by National CASA. Coos County CASA is pleased to announce that an evening training will be available to all qualified individuals starting in September in Coos Bay. To begin the enrollment and screening process, those interested should contact Bridgette Bagoy, CASA Trainer, at 396-1074, by August 21.
“CASA volunteers advocate on the behalf of a child and represent their best interest in court,” said Mary Schoen-Clark, CEO of Oregon Coast Community Action. “With the help of more volunteers, we will be able to work toward a future where there is a CASA for every vulnerable child.”
For more information about CASA call 396-1074 or visit www.orcca.us/casa.
Oregon Coast Community Action feeds, houses, warms and educates vulnerable children and families on the South Coast. To learn more call 888-1574 or visit www.orcca.us.
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