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
Since our founding in 1986, CASA for Children has advocated for over 26,000 Oregon children in the foster care system. Every year, we provide CASAs to over 1,000 youth in Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia counties and dedicate resources to growing our capacity. Dozens of studies report that a child with a CASA spends less time in foster care, receives more necessary services, has increased outcomes in school, and is more likely to find a safe, permanent home.
“With the support of a CASA, a child's life story can be changed.”
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
CASA for Children operates within a foster care system disproportionately impacting children and families of color. Knowing this reality, CASA seeks to recruit diverse advocates while also providing advocates with tools to be culturally responsive, so they can ensure that children's (and families’) racial/cultural needs are met and they feel safer, more understood, and validated.