Thank you for your consideration in supporting our Circle of HOPE, Annual Sustainer Program.
Donating to CASA of Polk County, Inc. is a proactive and critical investment for the future
of our children and communities that we work, play, live and serve in.
Annual Levels - $500, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 & $3,000 +
Monthly payments are welcome!
Your generous donation will provide support for the following
$100 – Training manuals for four new CASA volunteers
New CASA volunteers are required to undergo 30 hours of curriculum in class training, plus 10 additional hours of courtroom observation.
We have 2 training classes every year. Each has a beginning average of 6 – 12 volunteers
$250 – Scholarships for CASA volunteers and staff to attend professional child welfare training's.
CASA volunteers and staff are required to take 12 hours of additional continuing education hours per year to meet National CASA Association guidelines and requirements.
$1,500 – Child advocacy cost per year per child
Average length child is in care is two years
Polk County has roughly 150 cases on any given day. Currently, we advocate for approximately 86% of these case
Your gift will assist CASA of Polk County, Inc. in the ability to sustain and grow our program through recruitment, training and retention. Funds will provide additional resources to our organization and network of volunteers who advocate and amplify the voices of abused and neglected children in Polk County Oregon, that are wards of the court.
Download, print, complete form and enclose with your check. Mail your gift today to:
CASA of Polk County, Inc.
580 Main St. Suite D
Dallas, OR 97338
Not everyone can be a CASA volunteer....
BUT anyone can donate to make a difference in a child’s life!
ORS 419B.112 – In every case, the court shall appoint a court appointed special advocate.
In 1987, the Oregon Legislature mandated that all abused and neglected children in Oregon shall have a CASA, and two pilot programs were introduced. The mandate requires the CASA to investigate, advocate, facilitate, and negotiate to ensure that the court, the Department of Human Services, and the child’s attorney, fulfils their obligations to the child in a timely fashion. CASA volunteers monitor all court orders to ensure compliance and to bring to the court’s attention of any changes of circumstances that may require a modification of an order of the court.
Children that have a CASA volunteer to represent and advocate for them in court spend less time in foster care, do better in school, and have a higher rating for success.
Of all types of abuse incidence, the threat of harm was the most frequently identified type of abuse at 43.0%, followed by neglect (40.4%), Of all victims, 42.7 % were 5 years old and younger.
CASA of Polk County, Inc. has approximately 150 cases at any given time. 86% of cases are covered by a CASA volunteer.
In Polk County, 21% of children experience insecurities around food.
Alcohol and drug use are the most common family stress factor in 41% of child abuse cases. The next common stressors were domestic violence (31.7 %) and parent/caregiver involvement with law enforcement agencies (20.1%).
One in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety problems, or ADHD. Half of these children have not received counseling or treatment.
Suicide has become the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10-19. The rate of youth suicide increased by 58% in the past decade.
Foster care is a steppingstone not a solution.
2020 Oregon Child Welfare Data Book Report
Child Protective Services
The Oregon Child Abuse Hotline (ORCAH)’s total contacts (calls and cross-reported police reports) answered during Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 (October 2019-September 2020), was 150,815.
Of those ORCAH contacts, a total of 78,632 screening reports were documented.
A total of 42,126 received reports were assigned for CPS assessment. A total of 37,559 CPS assessments were completed, which includes reports that were assigned in the previous year.
Of all completed CPS assessments, 7,772 were founded for abuse and involved 11,642 victims. Of those victims, 2,304 (19.8%) were removed from their homes.
In-Home Family Services
During FFY 2020, a total of 6,963 children received case management and safety services while being served in their homes.
Of the total served in-home, 36 percent received additional services.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of CASA of Polk County, Inc. is to recruit, train, guide, and support volunteers appointed by Polk County Judges to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the judicial system.
CASA of Polk County, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. All gifts are 100% tax deductible. Tax ID# 27-0102203