-Columbia Gorge CASA-
Sponsored by Hattenhauer Energy Co.
PO BOX 663
1340 Wasco Street
Hood River, OR 97031
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The mission of Columbia Gorge CASA is to advocate for the needs and well-being of children in foster care through professionally trained and supported community volunteers.
– PROGRAM OVERVIEW –
This past year over 165 children in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties found themselves in foster care; removed from their homes because of parental substance abuse, criminal behavior, violence, mental health issues, and/or medical neglect.
Foster care is a rough road to walk down alone, but CASA volunteers walk with each child and act as a much-needed voice during this traumatic time. CASAs ensure that the child is receiving needed health, education, and social services by reporting their findings and recommendations to the judge and by working closely with DHS case workers, teachers, healthcare providers, counselors, and foster parents.
Finally, they advocate to ensure that the child’s legal case progresses so that they are placed in a permanent, loving home as soon as possible.
Perhaps most importantly, CASAs often serve as the only consistent adult for the child during their time in foster care – a time when little else is consistent.
Columbia Gorge CASA is the only program in Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties authorized by the court to recruit, train and supervise community members to advocate for foster kids. This year, 56 CASA volunteers advocated for 130 children, but 35 children did not have a CASA because we did not have enough volunteers.P10609GRGGorgeGiving2020 78