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Our volunteers make a life-changing difference for children across Eastern Oregon who are in the foster care system

CASA of Eastern Oregon
Pre-Service Training Schedule 2023/24

Trainings are Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-8:00pm (Pacific) for 4 weeks

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The Difference

Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers (what they’re called varies by location) make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child.

The CASA Model

How are volunteers prepared?

  • CASA/GAL volunteers are regular people, from all walks of life, who have been rigorously screened and trained extensively by their local program.
  • Each volunteer receives more than 30 hours of training before they work with a child, with an additional 12 hours of continued education required annually.
  • Volunteers receive ongoing support to help them advocate effectively on a child’s behalf.
  • Each year, CASA/GAL programs train more than 24,000 new community advocates.

Become a CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASA) and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers advocate on behalf of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Their best-interest advocacy helps ensure that children are safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive.