Our mission: Through our volunteers, CASA of Marion County, Inc. advocates for abused and neglected children who need safe and permanent homes.
Every year, in Marion County hundreds of children are abused and neglected. For many of these children foster care is their only refuge. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained volunteers who provide consistent advocacy for children living in foster care to ensure they do not slip through the cracks of an overburdened child welfare system. Often times a child’s CASA is the one consistent adult advocating to ensure their medical, educational, mental and social needs are met.
Our program addresses society’s most fundamental obligation to the children that have been placed into foster care, by providing them with an advocate who will fight to preserve their right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the embrace of a loving family.
Unfortunately there are over 500 children in Marion County’s foster care system and we are only able to provide 69 of those children with a CASA. If you would like to become a powerful voice in a child’s life please consider attending an orientation where you can learn more about the program.
Orientations are the first Monday of the month from 12-1pm and the third Monday of the month from 4-5pm at our office, 659 Cottage St. NE Salem, OR 97301. Trainings occur quarterly. For more information about the training, please contact our office.