We are excited to announce our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program has received a $5,000 grant from the Wildhorse Foundation.

The CASA program helps children in foster care.

"The funding for this grant will be focused on outreach and recruiting community volunteers to become court appointed special advocates," said Jesus Rome, Director of the Umatilla-Morrow CASA.

There are 242 children in foster care in Umatilla and Morrow counties. A lack of volunteers means the program can only serve about 80 of these children.

CASA trains volunteers to advocate for safe, loving, and permanent homes for all foster children in Eastern Oregon.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Tina Fox in Pendleton at (541)278-6292 or Diane Shockman in Hermiston at (541)667-6091. You may also e-mail CASA at casa@umchs.org.