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Clark County CASA Hosts Open House During Child Abuse Prevention Month - 04/06/18

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CASA Clark County is hosting an Open House from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on April 11th at YWCA Clark County. Legislators, community partners, and potential volunteers are invited to learn about our program and to meet staff and other members of the community who serve children in dependency. We’ll share program’s goals for 2018, discuss collaboration with community partners, and review the volunteer positions we have available.

At any given time, there are over 800 children in foster care in Clark County. These children come into the child welfare system through no fault of their own. Most recently, the opioid crisis has severely impacted the foster care system, fueling an 8 percent growth since 2012, and reversing earlier progress.

“The needs of Clark County’s children coming into care are more complicated than ever before, and life in foster care can be chaotic,” said Sheryl Thierry, Director of Clark County CASA. “Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent adult with the training to advocate for them and be their voice in the over-burdened child welfare system.”

Throughout the month of April, Clark County CASA is calling on members of the community to help our program serve more of Clark County’s most vulnerable children. In addition to the Open House on April 11th, sign up to become a volunteer, or make a donation on our website at casaclarkcounty.org.

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, however, will leave the foster care system two-and-a-half months earlier, on average, compared to a child without a CASA volunteer. Studies show children with a CASA volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate, and those children are more likely to achieve educational success.

“CASA volunteers are a constant for the child in a time of chaos,” said Sheryl Thierry, Director of CASA. “A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one CASA volunteer, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.”

Clark County CASA is a Program of YWCA Clark County and is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA).

For more information about Clark County CASA, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit casaclarkcounty.org or call 360-906-9142.

Attached Media Files: CASA-open-house-flyer.pdf
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YWCA Takes a Stand Against Racism: Events expected in 40+ States (Photo) - 04/05/18

YWCA Clark County calls all individuals to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism on Thursday, April 26th from 4:30-5:30pm at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver WA. Stand Against Racism is a national movement designed to unite our communities in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism.

Hosted by the Women’s Leadership Center of YWCA Clark County, our local event brings a panel of state representatives and candidates from Oregon and Washington to Vancouver to discuss the importance of full engagement for women and girls of color in the political process.

“Despite outpacing other groups in college education, leading social progress in their communities, and often being the primary breadwinner in their households, women of color are consistently underrepresented in positions of leadership. We hope this event will inspire others and provide helpful tools for our community to change that.” said event organizer, Angela Westbrooks.

From Thursday through Sunday, events are anticipated in nearly every state across the country including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations. Here in Clark County we will host an impressive panel of women including:

  • Tanisha Harris, Washington 17th LD State Representative Candidate
  • Tawna Sanchez, Oregon 43rd District Representative
  • Monica Stonier, Washington 49th District Representative

Participants in YWCA’s Stand Against Racism range from schoolchildren to elected officials, from executives of large corporations to church leaders, and many others. For more details, or to look up a participating site, visit: www.StandAgainstRacism.org. For local information, please contact us at mthompson@ywcaclarkcounty.org or call 360-696-0167.