Help Bobbe go Over The Edge for CASA of Lane County!
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Hi, my name is Bobbe. Most of you know me, but in case you don't, I'd like to give you a little background.

A few years ago, I became a CASA (court-appointed special advocate). So far, I've been very lucky, and my five children whose cases were closed have either been reunited with their family, had family members become their guardians, or were adopted by some very wonderful parents. I hope for the same happy endings for my other two current kiddos.

One thing I've learned is that, if you ever doubted that you had a charmed childhood, become a CASA. These children are in the foster system because they suffered neglect or abuse at the hands of their parents. Each child has a more compelling story than the one before. 

Last year, CASAs in Lane County volunteered over 17,500 hours to support 429 children. But that's not even half the children who spent at least one night in foster care last year. 

We need money to recruit, train, and support our CASAs. Please help me help them. Together we can change the life of a child.

Are you brave enough TO GO OVER THE EDGE for abused and neglected children?  

EVENT DATE: May 21 & 22, 2021
LOCATION: Hyatt Place Eugene, 333 Oakway Rd, Eugene

PRESENTED BY: Oakway Center

How do I participate?  

  1. SIGN UP  NOW   to  become an Edger  
  2. Easily set up your personal fundraising page  
  3. Reach the $1,000 fundraising minimum! (you will get LOTS of support) 
  4. Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down  Hyatt Place Eugene!  

ABOUT CASA of Lane County  :  

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lane County is a powerful voice for children who are in the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect.

For over 25 years, CASA of Lane County has struggled with a difficult choice: which vulnerable children will receive the powerful voice of a CASA volunteer and which children will not. Lane County has one of the highest rates of children in foster care in Oregon: last year, over 1,200 children spent at least one night in foster care. All of these children have suffered from neglect or abuse at the hands of their parents. Resources currently allow CASA to serve  429 children  a year, about 35% of the need in our county. Without the powerful voice of an advocate, children too often return to unsafe homes or languish in long-term foster care , risking future abuse or neglect.

So many things have changed over the past year. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the difference that a CASA volunteer makes in the life of a child. Our program and volunteers have seen first-hand the pandemic’s impact on the children and families we serve. This includes the disruption of children’s support networks and the suspension of critically important services like visitation with family, therapy and special education services. And as schools begin to re-open, we are seeing the predicted increase in reports of neglect and abuse.

Our program staff and volunteers have been able to pivot to serve children and families in a different way. They continue to recruit, provide online training, and hold virtual swearing-in ceremonies for new volunteers. Staff and volunteers are also providing socially distant advocacy—Facetiming, texting, and Zooming. By being that caring consistent adult, these volunteers have been the certainty in uncertain times for the children we serve.

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