April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Join CASA of Coos County in their effort to help victims of child abuse and neglect heal, and
in making sure all children feel safe and loved.
Anytime a child is abused or neglected, it’s a tragedy – one that all too often scars victims
for a lifetime. Studies have shown that children who have suffered abuse or neglect are
more likely to struggle in school, have run-ins with law enforcement, experience homelessness
or abuse drugs or alcohol. Research also shows that abused children are more apt to grow up
to abuse their own kids.
At CASA of Coos County, we help abused and neglected children heal so they can live happier,
safer lives. Our CASA volunteers – court-appointed special advocates – make sure kids don’t
get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in unsupportive
foster homes. CASA volunteers stay with children until their court case is closed and the child
is placed in a safe, permanent home.
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we invite our community to learn more about
the work we do and consider becoming a CASA volunteer. For more information about the July
training, please contact Twila Veysey, CASA of Coos County Program Director, at 541.435.7102.
Being a CASA volunteer is not for everyone. It requires some training and a 1-2 year
commitment to the future of a child who has no other adults to stand for them. But everyone
can be an advocate by taking steps to make our community safer for our children:
• Be mindful of the signs of abuse and neglect in children, such as a lack of adult supervision,
extreme passivity or aggression or poor hygiene.
• Be aware of warning signs in parents, such as showing indifference or rarely touching or
looking at their child, constant verbal criticism, demands for perfection, blaming the child for
family problems or other irrational behaviors.
• If you think a child is in immediate danger, don’t hesitate. Call 911.
Working together, we can end abuse and neglect so that every child has a chance to thrive.
Oregon Coast Community Action is a non-profit network of programs that help feed, house,
warm and educate the communities of the South Coast. For more information about ORCCA,
please call (541) 435-7080 or learn more at www.orcca.us.