CASA Calendar
                
April - National Child Abuse Awareness Month

April 9, 2014
- CASA Luncheon in Hood River at the Court House.

May 2014 - 2nd Annual CASA Playhouse Raffle begins.

October 4, 2014 - 2nd Annual CASA Superhero Run/Walk
 
Meet Our Children
Read about a few of the children we serve, and see how you can help us ensure that more children's stories have happier endings.
 
       
"To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world. I believe that with all my heart.”

Pamela, former CASA youth, now an OSU graduate

CASA Pays Tribute to Judge Paul Crowley

On March 20, 2014 Judge Paul Crowley swore into service his last class of new CASA advocates. Judge Crowley will be retiring in July and Columbia Gorge CASA marked the occasion with a gift to honor the vital role he has played in CASA since its inception in the Gorge in 1987.

The gift was a glass starfish made by Nichols Art Glass in The Dalles is a symbolic reference to a well known story by Loren Eiseley about a boy who threw starfish that had washed up onto the beach back into the ocean one by one. In the story, the starfish represent abused & neglected children and the boy represents the collective efforts of Judge Crowley and CASAs to get them back into safe and loving homes as quickly as possible.  

Thank you Judge Crowley for supporting and guiding CASA for the past 27 years!

 

Judge Crowley accepting the gift from Susan Erickson, CASA Director, and Susan Baldwin, CASA Volunteer Manager.  Click here for link to starfish story and card given to Judge Crowley.

About Columbia Gorge CASA...

Currently, there are more than 140 children in Wasco, Hood River and Sherman Counties who
have been removed from their homes and are living in foster care because they were abused and/or neglected by their parents.

Columbia Gorge CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers - just like you - to advocate for these children and ensure that they do not languish in the well meaning, but  over burdened child welfare system. The trained volunteer, called a "CASA” ( Court Appointed Special Advocate) monitor the child's needs and follow up to  ensure services are provided. CASA volunteers are a lifeline for children during this traumatic time in their lives - a bearer of hope.

We need for more CASA volunteers so that we can serve all children in foster care here in the Gorge. Currently, there are 55 children waiting for a CASA volunteer to advocate on their behalf.   Lift up a child's voice, a child's life. Become a CASA!