CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties
We advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are in foster care. We dedicate our resources to recruiting, training, and supporting citizen advocates to provide quality advocacy to as many children as we can.
Bottom Line for Portland
In Oregon, children enter foster care at nearly twice the national average, but due to resources, only 50% of these children have a Court Appointed Special Advocate. A child with a CASA volunteer spends less time in foster care, is more likely to be adopted, is less likely to reenter the system, and is more likely to receive the services they need. Every year, we provide CASAs to over 1,000 youth in Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia counties, while envisioning a future where every child in foster care has access to a CASA to help them through the trauma of that system safely, quickly, and effectively.
“To give a child a CASA volunteer is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world."
-Pamela, former foster child with a CASA
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
CASA recognizes the levels of oppression that disproportionately impact children in the foster care system. It is necessary for us to confront biases, to provide tools to become culturally responsive, and to understand the intersectionality of identity. We are committed to a lifetime of listening and learning. By doing so, we hope to better serve the children in our community and better equip our citizen advocates.