A Powerful
Voice for
Abused Children
 
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Was there ever a time in your life when you needed someone to stand up for you?
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, provides a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. In 2015, there were 840 founded cases of abuse and neglect in Jackson County. In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers have the power to prevent this tragic reality. These dedicated, highly-trained community members serve as fact finders for the judge by researching the background of each assigned case. They speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and work to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe, permanent home.
 
What Is CASA of Jackson County?
CASA of Jackson County, founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers. CASA volunteers do what no one else does- they donate their time to act as independent eyes and ears of the court and speak solely for the best interest of children and youth in the custody of DHS.
 
CASA of Jackson County is an Equal Opportunity Program and Equal Employment Opportunity
Who Are CASAs?
  • Community members from varied educational backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences
  • Individuals with a genuine interest in the well-being of children
  • Men, women or couples over 21 years old, who are willing to complete 40 hours of training plus 12 hours annually of continued education and give approximately 10 hours per month to change the life of a child
 
Who Are the Children?
  • Abused and neglected children are all ages, newborns to age 18; 41% are 5 years old or younger
  • It is estimated that more than 800 children in Jackson County are victims of abuse and/or neglect each year
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What Does A CASA Do?
  • Gathers all pertinent information related to the child’s case
  • Identifies the child’s needs and ensures appropriate services
  • CASAs show up and speak up
  • Makes recommendations to the court judge through written and verbal reports
  • Serves as a consistent & knowledgeable advocate for the child’s placement in a safe, permanent and nurturing home
Why Do We Need CASAs?
  • The presiding judge relies on the CASA to investigate the case and recommend what is in the child’s best interest.
  • CASAs strive to make sure children are not re-abused
  • CASAs ensure children receive needed services (therapy, health care, special education)
  • CASAs are often the only consistent person in an abused child’s life
 
Children Served
  • In Jackson County in 2015, 161 CASAs served 587 children.
  • Of the 587 children served by a CASA in 2015, 74% reunited with parents and 18% were adopted or found legal guardians. In addition, 411 continue to have the powerful voice of a CASA.
CASA of Jackson County Funding
State Government: 14% | Grants: 36% | Community Support: 50%
 
 

Volunteering

We couldn’t change lives for children without our wonderful volunteers!

The most significant way you can help a child is by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
CASA volunteers give a two-year commitment to investigate, examine and recommend to the Juvenile Court
the best option for a safe and permanent home for the children assigned to them.
This is one cause where the actions of a single person mean everything.
One volunteer, trained and empowered to ensure that every child can thrive in the safe embrace of a loving home.
 
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One joy scatters a thousand griefs…
 
CASA of Jackson County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) gives children a voice when they most need it.
Abused and neglected children can easily slip between the cracks of an overburdened child welfare
and legal system. CASA volunteers are well trained and supported by our program –
their charge is to ensure the children they represent are not forgotten, have their needs fully met,
remain safe and ultimately come to live in stable, loving and secure homes.

161 CASA volunteers successfully advocated for 589 children in 2015.
Currently there are 357 children active in CASA’s program.
There are 308 children on our waiting list.
 
Give a Child Hope for the Future!
Be the person who answers the phone when a child calls
Advocate for a tutor to help a child in math
Speak out when a child is afraid to go to school because of bullying
Ensure that a child receives a comprehensive medical assessment
Help a child get off of unnecessary and harmful medication
Assist in increasing visits for a child who needs to see his dad
Advocate for a special needs child to receive occupational and physical therapy
Tell the Judge that a child should not have to change schools
Cheerlead for a mom who is doing great so a child can go home to her
 
To Become a CASA Volunteer
Attend an orientation (required prior to training),
offered every Thursday from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office.
 
Or contact Wenonoa Spivak, Director of Programs and Education
541-734-2272
2016 CASA U FALL Training Schedule Initial Large
 

CASA Events

 
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The Classic Golf Tournament
July 15, 2016
Centennial Golf Club
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The event gets started with a double shotgun golf tournament at Centennial Golf Club in Medford, Oregon. Compete against up to 50 other golf teams. Put your foursome together or register as an individual and you will be paired up
with other golfers.
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The Classic Feast
July 16, 2016
Centennial Golf Club
 
Gates open at 4pm and a culinary/beverage heaven begins at 5pm featuring Southern Oregon’s finest chefs, hand-crafted beers, a variety of wines and spirit tastings, specialty desserts and more. The party kicks into a higher gear at 7pm when Grammy Award winning artist Lonnie Chapin’s band Precious Byrd
hits the stage. You do not have to play golf to attend the Feast, individual dinner tickets are for sale in addition to corporate tables and more. 
 
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Ryan Moon Art Reception
July 29, 2016
4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Insurance Lounge
 
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Chipotle Fundraiser
August 15, 2016
4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
7 Rossanley Drive, Medford
 
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Giving Trees
December 2016
Facebook Cover 2017
I Am For The
Child Luncheon
January 18, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Rogue Valley Country Club
 
 

Past Events

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Change for Children
April 16, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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Change for Children
April 2016
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Kentucky Derby
May 7, 2016
5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Rogue Valley Country Club
 
CASA of Jackson County offers plenty of horse race betting, blackjack, poker, roulette, Mint Juleps, a taste of Derby, incredible auction items for both women and men, a Derby day hat contest,
a walk down the red carpet and a pre-recorded televised
running of the Kentucky Derby race!
 
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CASA Stories

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The Experience of a CASA Child
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The Experience of a CASA Child
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The Experience of a CASA Healing a Family
 
 

DONATE

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CASA of Jackson County Funding
State Government: 14% | Grants: 36% | Community Support: 50%
Why Give to CASA?
Each year, Jackson County CASA assists children that have become wards of the court.  Unfortunately, there is still a gap
in the help CASA can provide.  There is a waiting list due to shortfalls in funding and the need for more volunteers.
Your gifts help us to reduce that gap and focus on the dream of closing in the gap and giving every child
that finds themselves in this situation hope, support and guidance.
Your assistance strengthens our local community by building a better home life and future for the next generation.
 
Are Gifts to CASA Tax Deductible?
CASA of Jackson County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Upon receipt of any gift, we will mail you a confirmation and thank you letter for your records.
 
Automated Monthly Donations
You can make an automated monthly donation to CASA with your credit card by calling our office at 541-734-2272.
You will be charged the amount you choose and then again each month on the anniversary date of the first donation. 
 
You can support CASA of Jackson County with planned gifts in the future from your Will or Trust,
Retirement Plan,gifts of Stock or Appreciated Assets or with gifts of Life Insurance.
 
Children removed from their homes in an emergency situation often do not leave with clothing, toiletries or other needed items.  Our CASA Advocates do everything they can to make sure children have seasonal clothing, good shoes, toiletries and school supplies.  Generous donors and organizations in our community help provide these items.  In 2015, Lowe’s Heroes donated and constructed our Lowe’s Clothing Closet here in the CASA office.  Donations of new items are always appreciated and  accepted.
 
Jackson County Library Summer Clothing Drive
June 6, 2016 – August 7, 2016
Ashland, Central Point and Medford Library locations. 
 
With your help, Sleep Train helps provide foster children with the little things that often make a big difference-
school supplies and sports shoes, properly fitting clothing or a gift during the holidays.
 
Please contact us for more information about ways to give to the children in our community:
“I had a great childhood.  That’s a chapter
in our lives we only get one of. You only
get one chance to be a kid.”
~ CASA Mike Feeley
“Not all of us can do great
things, but we can do
small things with great love.”                         
~ Mother Teresa
“There can be no keener revelation
of a society’s soul than the way in which
it treats its children.”
                 ~ Nelson Mandela
 
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CASA of Jackson County
613 Market Street, Medford, Oregon 97504 | casa@jacksoncountycasa.org
Phone: 541-734-2272 | Fax: 541-842-4078
 
 
Board of Directors
Erik Carlson, 
President
Marco Boccato,
Vice President
 
Shane Antholz
Tom Basgen
Marsha Billeci
Pam Garrison
Dann Hauser
Shirley Johnson
Cindy Laird
John Watt
Jim Wright
CASA Staff
Jennifer Mylenek, Executive Director
Wenonoa Spivak, Director of Programs and Education
Erin Carpenter, Development and Media Manager
Deborah King, Office Support Coordinator
Pam Cooper, Grants Administrator
Deb Childs, Case Supervisor
Kay Kolp, Lead Case Supervisor
Dan MataCase Supervisor
Darlene Pope, Case Supervisor II
Vicky McGee, Family Finding
Jami Pope, Family Finding
Heather Shunk, Family Finding
Audrey Oberle, Business Outreach Coordinator