CASA STANDS FOR
COURT APPOINTED
SPECIAL ADVOCATES

Serving Lincoln and Tillamook counties.
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Success Story

A twelve year old young man who had spent the last several years living with mom and abusive boyfriends (that had substance addictions) was removed from his home.  Although in the beginning his mother attempted to get treatment, it proved more than she was able to do. This young man was placed in a caring multi-generational home, with foster parents, the foster father’s mother (grandma) and three new foster siblings. During his hearing nine months after the chaotic removal from his family of origin, he was keen to let everyone know that he now felt safe, always had food on the table and loved his new school and most of his teachers. He stated that his grades were better that ever and he did not want to leave the protection of his newfound family. As he sat by his CASA advocate, he was asked, “Is there anything you would like to add?” This young man stated, “I want you to know I love my mom, but I don’t want to live with my mom. We never knew who was going to come over or if they were on drugs. I can sleep at night because it’s quiet. I eat breakfast every morning. They help me with my homework. Mom is still my mom, but she lies and disappoints me, and makes it so I don’t feel safe. I feel safe now. . .and happy.”

Success Story

It was Sarah’s Birthday. Her mom just received a space in a local shelter after escaping a violent domestic violence situation so she could return to live with her mom. But her mother did not have money to buy her birthday presents. She shared with us her mom had also been struggling with finding winter clothing for all three of her children.  Sara’s CASA brought her into the CASA office where she was greeted with two giant gift bags with a couple of wrapped toys, art supplies and a few necessities, like a new toothbrush and hairbrush. She was overjoyed and asked if she could wait to open them with her family. Her CASA told her that of course that was okay and asked her if she had her brother’s sizes for clothes and shoes. Sara handed her advocate a small overly-folded piece of paper.  It was obvious that she had been holding it tight in her hand. She unfolded the many folds and handed it to her Advocate.  Her advocate started walking her to the clothes closet and said, “Let’s see what we can find.” Sara eyes widened when she walked into the CASA Clothing Closet. A giant room filled with clothes, shoes, and other items.  She “shopped” for herself and her brothers for well over an hour. She dutifully refolded items that were the wrong size and placed them back where she found them. With thoughtful intention she found items that she felt her brothers would like in the sizes that her mother had written on the little piece of paper.  With several bags filled with these items, her CASA asked her, “Do you think you need anything else?” She looked up at the top shelf, where the child sized quilts were stored. The beautiful new quilts had been donated by local quilters. “Would you like a quilt?” Asked her advocate. “Well, if we can only have one, I would like to get one for my baby brother.” She said with a tiny voice that seemed to be used to being disappointed when asking for anything. “You may each have one if you want to pick them out.” Her advocate responded. With joy and arms full, she gathered her gifts, clothing, and beautiful new quilts to take home. As she was leaving, she thanked everyone in the office and said, “CASA people are so nice! Thank you!”