Judge Barron to swear in 12 new CASA volunteers

ORCCA, Nov. 4, 2009

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Coos County program is proud to announce that Judge Barron will swear-in 12 new CASA volunteers on Nov. 13.

CASA, a program of Oregon Coast Community Action, will welcome the new volunteers at the swearing in ceremony. This momentous occasion will commemorate the dedication of 12 community members who have pledged to advocate for children in need in our region.

  • What: Twelve new volunteers for the CASA of Coos County program will be sworn in by Judge Barron.
  • Where: Judge Barron’s Courtroom in the Coos County Courthouse, Coquille.
  • When: The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

CASA of Coos County gives vulnerable children a voice in court by advocating for their best interests and helping children to be placed in a safe and permanent home. This program fills a vital need in Coos County and currently is advocating for about 120 local children.

“We are so pleased to be joined by this great class of new CASA volunteers. We respect the commitment and dedication it takes to be a CASA volunteer, and we applaud all those community members who support CASA,” said CASA Director Twila Veysey.  “Without a CASA, many children’s voices are not heard as they maneuver through the foster care system. These twelve new volunteers will help us to provide more children with a voice and help us ensure that all children will be able to grow up in safe, permanent homes.”

CASA of Coos County currently includes 65 CASA volunteers that work on behalf of children in need in our region. These dedicated volunteers help vulnerable children in the foster care system to find a bright future by representing their best interests in court. All CASA volunteers complete a rigorous 30-hour training course provided free to interested community members before working to help local children as a CASA.

“Every child in our community deserves the chance to thrive,” said Mary Schoen-Clark, CEO of Oregon Coast Community Action. “CASA volunteers are a vital part of ensuring that every child has the opportunity for a bright future.”

A program of Oregon Coast Community Action, CASA of Coos County is also financially supported through the Coos County Commission on Children and Families and the National CASA Association. Oregon Coast Community Action feeds, houses, warms and educates children and families throughout the South Coast. For more information, visit www.orcca.us.