Advocacy in Action: Jaylynn Milstein

Posted by CASA on February 1, 2017 Newsroom

Milstein, Jaylynn

About me:

I’m a pediatrician, and have always felt honored to be a part of childrens’ and families’ lives. As I start to transition from having a pediatric practice, I wanted to volunteer in a way in which I could still advocate for children. Being a CASA lets me help those kids who need a voice, and my background may help in particular in cases where a foster child may have medical issues.

I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Eugene almost ten years ago from Wisconsin. I have two college-aged kids and enjoy sports, reading and traveling.

What is something you have learned from your case?

I’ve learned that no matter how much a parent may love their child; sometimes it is just not enough. My CASA kid has major medical issues, and his mother is just not able to keep him healthy. For this child, his life depends on it. I’ve also been humbled in that I’ve seen that just because a parent/family/foster parent does not live like I do, that there are many ways to love kids and keep them safe. Being a CASA and going through CASA training has forced me to confront some of my preconceived notions and my judgments.

How did having a CASA make a difference for the CASA child in your case?

I think my background helped translate for the court the medical needs of my CASA child. I definitely think that our CASA reports are more readable and concise than some of the paperwork that is necessarily in a child’s file. Our reports are an important resource for the court. I think having a CASA made a difference for my child because I was able to help focus attention on the plan. And I think he likes my company and my Lego-building skills!

In your opinion, what does it take to be a good CASA volunteer?

I think first and foremost, a CASA volunteer needs to be there for the child. We need to remember that though it may be clear to us that a child can’t reunite with their parent that children most often want to be with their parent. We need to have empathy for our CASA kids. They face challenges and harbor sadness that we may never understand. We must also be conscientious and follow through with our visits and reports. We need to be dependable and someone that kids can count on.

Jaylynn became a CASA in Spring 2016 and currently advocates on two cases,
one for a two-year-old boy and one for an eight-year old boy. Thank you, Jaylynn!

Concours on the Green

Posted by CASA on August 15, 2016 Newsroom

Concours on the Green

September 4th, 2016
Lavelle Vineyards, Elmira
This is a car show you don’t want to miss! Come check out these classics and support CASA.

And thank you to our Media Sponsor, KVAL! KVAL
Need an entry form? You’ve found the place — click here to download. Entry fee is $5.
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7:30–9:00 A.M.
Registration of Vehicles and
Vehicle Placement for Display

9:00–3:00 P.M.
Judging Begins
Show Opens to the Public
Walk among the cars on display and cars for judging. Music provided, food and wine for sale at the winery.

3:00 P.M.
Category Winners Announced
Trophies Awarded to
1st, 2nd and third place vehicles.

Here are some photos from last year’s event. See you on the 4th!

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See you at Domaine Meriwether!

Posted by CASA on August 4, 2016 General, Newsroom

DomaineMeriwetherLogoThursday, August 25th, 6:00 p.m.
Domaine Meriwether
88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta
Enjoy a beautiful outdoor evening of wine, food and live music! Tickets include a full meal from Hole in the Wall BBQ, a glass of pinot gris, and live music from Shelley James M U S I C B O X. Children are welcome (special price if they would like to enjoy the dinner, free if no meal). Click here purchase your tickets!
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husband/wife DUO: Shelley James and Cal Coleman of M U S I C B O X

Kendall Auto Group Presents 2016 Taste of Summer

Posted by CASA on June 10, 2016 Newsroom

Taste of Summer is back with even more locations! Sponsored by Kendall Auto Group, this event allows you to visit local restaurants and give back to CASA at the same time. What could be better?!

New this year, get stamps on your passport and be entered to win a Florence Get-A-Way Weekend, sponsored by Banner Bank!

Click here to see our full list of venues.

CASA is Hiring!

Posted by CASA on April 18, 2016 General, Newsroom

CASA is hiring a full-time Program Supervisor.
This position is responsible for coaching and supporting specially trained community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of absued and neglected children within the court and child welfare systems. Click here to see the full job description. Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply. Interested applications should submit a job application, resume, and cover letter to Louise Vanderford, Program Director, by Thursday, April 28th via email or drop-off or mail.

Every Child Deserves a Family Around the Table

Posted by CASA on April 1, 2016 Newsroom

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Edgewater Home Furnishings is raffling a beautiful Canadel Champlain Custom dining set! The set includes Canadel Champlain Custom Solid Birch Two-Tone Plank Top Table with Pedestal Base (44” Round with a 20” Leaf, fully extended it is 44” x 64”), four Canadel Champlain Custom Solid Birch Two-Tone Dining Chairs, centerpiece, and place settings for four! Valued at $6,500. You can purchase your tickets at Edgewater (and see the set in person!), at CASA, or online.

Tickets available April 1st-29th | 1 for $5 or 5 for $20


Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by CASA on April 1, 2016 Newsroom

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! CASA has lots of opportunities for you to participate. Click here to see the list of events for April. Want more that you can do outside of April? CASA of Lane County is collaborating with 90by30 and other wonderful organizations to explore many things you can do for our community to play your part in preventing child abuse. Check out our toolkits!

A Note from Honorary Chair, Dr. Brad Chvatal

Posted by CASA on February 3, 2016 Newsroom

Brad Chvatal_photo with carI’m really getting excited about CASA Casino Night this Friday! It’s always one of the best events of the year. And this year, I get to be a part of the action other than just supporter! Being asked to be the Honorary Chairman for CASA’s Casino Night truly is an honor. I’m grateful to be a part of CASA and the amazing group of people – in all areas- that make the organization not only run–but thrive–in our community.

As an orthodontist here in Eugene, I have been blessed by our community in so many ways. We have always tried to support local charities and schools to “give-back” to the community. Several years ago, I made a decision to choose a cornerstone charity to partner with and make a larger, more precise, and more meaningful impact. This Friday, I am going to share the reasons I chose CASA of Lane County as that organization.

I look forward to seeing you at Casino Night. Make sure you arrive ready for a great evening benefiting a great organization!

– Dr. Brad Chvatal, Title Sponsor and Honorary Chair

Get your Casino Night tickets here!

From the Development Suite

Posted by CASA on January 28, 2016 Newsroom

Super Bowl 50It’s a new year, and we are in full swing at CASA! We have a lot of faces you recognize and a few new ones as well. In our Development Suite (aka the former mud room of our fabulous farm house), our team is running on all cylinders. Ninkasi generously donated a Super Bowl 50 commercial spot to CASA of Lane County, so in addition to gearing up for our 12th Casino Night, we are also learning how to make a Super Bowl commercial! So many of you follow CASA on Facebook, receive our newsletters, come to events, and/or read our blog (obviously). This is such a unique opportunity to reach people in Lane County who will be excited to hear about CASA and the fabulous work we do! And just wait until you see our guest star! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for some hints 😉

(Have you liked our Facebook page? If not, do that now. I’ll wait.)

On a personal note, I am humbled and so grateful for each and every one who supports our mission. From my amazing co-workers to our phenomenal CASAs to our incredible sponsors and fabulous community supporters. You are all so inspiring! I will continue doing my best to support you as you continue to make an impact in the lives of our most vulnerable children.

I hope to see you on the 5th at Casino Night — please come up and introduce yourself!

Katie Gatlin
Director of Development and Communications

Cafe Yumm! Gift Cards Still Available

Posted by CASA on August 29, 2015 General, Newsroom

We still have $20 Cafe Yumm! gift cards for sale, with 25% of each purchase donated to CASA. Click here to purchase, and we will mail them to you within one week.


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