COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
After much discussion, the staff and board at CASA-Voices for Children has decided to implement certain precautions regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak and concerns regarding this virus. We wanted to be overly cautious as we work with and serve a specific demographic and do not want to put anyone at an unnecessary risk.
Above all, we are committed to the health and wellness of our children, foster/bio families, advocates, volunteers, staff and community.
Please see below for the safety policies we will be putting into place. We will be constantly monitoring and assessing the situation as we receive more information and recommendations.
Benton County is currently in Oregon's "High Risk" category, and new regulations have been put into place.
CASA-VFC staff will be returning to the office for work, but our office will remain closed to the public. If there is an urgent need that cannot be met remotely, then we will be available by appointment only. Staff will be available during our normal office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) by phone and email.
If you have an appointment to visit the CASA-VFC office, please be aware that face coverings will be required for all visitors as recommended by Oregon Health Authority guidelines. If you do not have a mask or face covering available, please contact staff prior to your visit and we will provide one for you. Please note, our staff will also be implementing a sanitation protocol within our office as another precaution.
Item donation hours have also been adjusted; we are happy to accept donated items on Tuesdays between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, and on Fridays between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please call (541) 753-5838 to arrange for a safe, no-contact donation.
As far as visitation with our CASA-VFC children, we have modified our visitation plan and will allow advocates to resume in-person visits if they and their CASA family feel comfortable doing so. You may also continue with virtual visits if preferred.
If you plan to resume in-person visitation, we ask that you abide by the safety policies we have put into place to ensure the health and well-being of you and your CASA family:
In-person visits with children will be conducted outdoors – please check the weather forecast when planning visits and try to find a day when the weather will allow for being outside.
Visit our website at https://www.casa-vfc.org/staying-connected for fun activities you can do together while maintaining a safe distance.
CASAs will be required to wear a mask and we ask that you do not enter the home and maintain 6 feet of distance at all times.
Please let us know if you are in need of masks or any other supplies for your visits, or if you’d like additional guidance on in-person visitation. We are so appreciative of the incredible work our advocates do and want to support you in any way we can.
If you, or your CASA family, are not comfortable with in-person visitation at this time, please contact us and we will help you find a safe alternative. We strongly encourage you to still reach out to your CASA family by phone, Skype/FaceTime or however you feel most comfortable.
This Advocacy from a Distance post by Passaic County CASA also contains some excellent suggestions for staying connected.
To the best of our knowledge, Court Hearings and DHS meetings will still be held remotely. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive new updates.
Our in-person events have been postponed for the time being - more information to follow.
Your health and the health of the families we work with, as well as our staff and our community are of the utmost importance.
As the situation continues to develop, we will monitor this plan and will keep you informed of our next steps. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unfamiliar and new times.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
CASA - Voices for Children
Please visit the following websites for community and educational resources that can help advocates and families cope with the impacts of COVID-19. All links will be updated as more information becomes available.
A collection of links and websites from local, state, and national organizations to help you find assistance with:
Mental Health Resources
Resources for Learning & Fun:
This informational homepage has links to educational and entertaining resource pages in each of the subject categories below: