Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides a powerful voice for abused and neglected children in Lane County. CASA volunteers work to prevent children from being re-abused by facilitating their move through the court and child protective services systems as quickly as possible into safe, permanent homes.

When abused and neglected children are removed from their homes, they are placed in overburdened court and child welfare systems where they can slip through the cracks and risk continued abuse or neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates – or CASA volunteers – have the power to prevent this tragic reality.

Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteer community members committed to keeping children safe. They are trained, supported, and sworn in by a judge to advocate in court for an abused child with an uncertain future.

A CASA volunteer:

  • Serves as the eyes and ears for the judge
  • Gathers information from all service providers and individuals involved in the child’s life
  • Makes informed recommendations to the judge for the child’s present and future
  • Works to ensure the child receives all services necessary to thrive
  • Puts pressure on the system to move the child as quickly as possible into a safe, permanent home

To learn about becoming a CASA volunteer, click here.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS TO BENEFICIARIES

CASA of Lane County operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any of our programs.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (OCR), 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TTY).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech) or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).  To file a complaint of discrimination with this organization, write CASA-Voices For Children, 129 NW 4th Street #B, Corvallis OR 97330 or call 541-753-5838.  To file a complaint of discrimination with Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division, write Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division, Attn:  Shannon Sivell, Complaint Coordinator, 1162 Court Street NE, Salem, OR  97301 or call 503-378-5348. You may also email to shannon.l.sivell@doj.state.or.us.