West Linn, OR. 48 golfers came to the Oregon Golf Club for the 7th Annual golf tournament benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates of Clackamas County (CASA). The benefit on August 26th raised $23,000 and featured a putting contest, hole-in-one challenge, and long drive competition. Suzie Moll (CASA board member), Robin Christian (Executive Director), and Don Remlinger (CASA board member) were golf committee members. (Photo credit, Robert Parish)
The mission of CASA is to train and support community volunteers to provide a voice in court and advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system who need safe and permanent homes.
The tournament culminated in a dinner program which explained how 67 children still need CASA volunteers in Clackamas County. The $23,000 raised will allow 12 Court Appointed Special Advocates to help children for one year.
August 31st, 2020 will be the date of next year’s golf tournament.
Here’s a video about the program:
CASA of Clackamas County has operated a successful, outcome-based program in Clackamas County since 1993. We operate the only program in the county that recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who are authorized by the court to advocate for children placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are a special kind of volunteer.
Our volunteers contact caseworkers, interview parents and other family members, ensure children receive necessary medical care, look out for educational interests, and make recommendations in court regarding the permanent placement of the child. Most importantly, they serve as a constant person for that child to count on during a very tumultuous time.
Our program started with two volunteers who served four children. In our most recently closed fiscal year (2016-17), 121 volunteer advocates served 244 children. Currently, more than 130 children who could benefit from the guidance of a volunteer advocate are on our waiting list. Our overriding goal is to serve ALL of the children in our community who need an advocate’s help.