CASA of Coos County Urges Coos County Residents to Act Against Child Abuse
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Court Appointed Special Advocates program of Coos County challenges residents to stand against child abuse and act to support children who have been abused or neglected.
At any given time, there are 260-300 children in foster care in Coos County. These children come into the child welfare system through no fault of their own. Many of the contributing factors include opiate and methamphetamine addiction, domestic violence, parental mental health issues, and extreme poverty.
“The number of children in Coos County coming into care continues to grow and we aim to meet that need,” said Greg Dalton, Program Director for CASA of Coos County. “Every child deserves the support of caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive.”
Throughout the month of April, CASA is calling on members of the community to help our program serve more of Coos County’s most vulnerable children. Our community can help by volunteering to be an advocate or donating to our program so we can continue to fund required staff to recruit, train, and support our advocates.
Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, however, spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a CASA volunteer. Studies show children with a CASA volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being and are four times more likely to find a permanent home.
“CASA volunteers are a constant for the child in a time of chaos,” said Liz Tarrant, Recruiter/trainer for CASA of Coos County. “A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one CASA volunteer, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.”
CASA of Coos County is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 87,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 280,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected. In Coos County there are 46 volunteer advocates fighting for the best interests of 110 children but 150 more children need the care and support of a CASA volunteer.
For more information about CASA of Coos County, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit www.orcca.us/CASA or call 541-435-7014.