|Oregon State Bar Bulletin AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2008|
CASA: Give it a Try
Time to contemplate the vicissitudes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to play golf, etc. Ah, retirement … such a boring delight! That was my mindset when I first heard about CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for abused, broken, damaged kids who have the misfortune to be born into the wrong families.
My wife and I, acting as partners, joined the program. Our mission: speak to the court on behalf of the child. No axe to grind, no client to defend, just one concern: the best interests of the child. Counsel from an older, unpaid volunteer, wise in the ways of the real world, typically fmds an eager listener in the person of the court. That is our experience. And it has enriched our lives.
If you (and/or your better half) wish to make a difference for kids at the mercy of a sometimes hostile world, give it a try. I will be glad to share info with you at (503) 694-2886. Additional information is available for Clackamas County residents at (503) 723-0521; Multnomah/ Washington Counties, (503) 988-5115. Residents in other Oregon counties should check the national CASA website at www.nationalcasa.org.
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