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 "Extreme Risk" category, and new restrictions have been put into place.
The CASA-VFC office will be officially closed during this period, and staff will be working from home. We will be available during our normal office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) by phone and email. Phones will be automatically forwarded to a staff member or you may contact staff directly through their cell phones. Please contact us if you need their number.
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.
We will be suspending all home visits during this time. We are required to have appropriate documentation for home visit exceptions. We strongly encourage you to still reach out to your CASA family by phone, Skype/FaceTime or however you feel most comfortable
Please let us know if you are in need of any guidance or advice regarding virtual visitation. We are so appreciative of the incredible work our advocates do, and want to support you in any way we can.
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. The last update we received from the Judge indicated that Court Hearings will still be heard by phone until further notice. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive new updates.
In-person tutoring will also be suspended while Benton County is in the "Extreme Risk" category. Please contact us for information on setting up virtual tutoring sessions.
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: