WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST ADVOCATES!
Columbia Gorge CASA...
Debbie Dorich (left) & Summer Woodside (right) who were
sworn as CASA volunteers by Judge Karen Ostrye (middle) on March 29th. Debbie lives in Hood River and has a
degree in social work and Summer lives in The Dalles and is a registrar with Providence
Hood River Hospital. Welcome to CASA!
Currently, there are more than 165 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) monitors the child's needs and follows 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 58 children waiting for a CASA volunteer to advocate on their behalf. Lift up a child's voice, a child's life. Become a CASA!