Clatsop Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has received a $15,000 Grassroots Grant Program award from the Meyer Memorial Trust. Clatsop CASA has received other awards from MMT, including a Grassroots Grant Program award in December 2011.

“Our services on behalf of abused and neglected children would not be possible without the support of compassionate donors like the Meyer Memorial Trust,” said Christine Lolich, Clatsop CASA Board president. “This award brings us closer to fulfilling our goal of providing a trained, dedicated advocate to protect the rights of every child who needs a CASA.”

Clatsop CASA trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for children in the child welfare system. These volunteers help clear a child’s path out of the complex, overburdened child welfare system and into a safe, permanent home. With 35 active volunteers serving around 70 percent of the children in need in the community, Clatsop CASA has a waiting list of children who need a CASA to speak up for them.

For information about the program and the next training opportunity, go to www.clatsop-casa.org

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