A Powerful
Voice for
Abused Children
 (541) 474-5437
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 Josephine 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 Josephine County?
CASA of Josephine County, founded in 1986, 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 Josephine County is an Equal Opportunity Program and Equal Employment Opportunity


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.
To Become a CASA Volunteer
Sanne Specht, Program Manager

CASA Stories

Ally’s Story
The Experience of a CASA Child
Boy (Teen) 12
Jack’s Story
The Experience of a CASA Child
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Jasmine's Story
The Experience of a CASA Child
National CASA 23
A Family Story
The Experience of a CASA Healing a Family



Girl (Child) 20
Boy (Teen) 12
CASA of Josephine County Funding
State Government: 21 % | Grants: 44 % | Community Support: 35 %
Why Give to CASA?
Each year, Josephine 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 Josephine 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 541-474-5437.
You will be charged the amount you choose and then again each month on the anniversary date of the first donation.

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Be their Wind (Josephine County) 2015
CASA of Josephine County
304 NW D Street, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
Phone: 541-474-5437 | Fax: 541-474-5323
Board of Directors
Erik Carlson, 
Marco Boccato,
Vice President, Secretary
Shane Antholz
Tom Basgen
Dann Hauser
Shirley Johnson
Bruce Laidlaw
John Watt
Jim Wright
Amy Zarosinski
Jennifer Mylenek (non-voting)
CASA Staff
Sanne Specht, Program Manager
Heather Brown, Assistant Program Manager 
Susan Singer, Case Superviser/Office Coordinator
Annie Cowger, Reconnecting Families
Ruth Gordner, Reconnecting Families