Ombudsman speaks: CASA hosts talk on Foster Bill of Rights

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and Columbia Gorge CASA is hosting Darin Mancuso, the Oregon Foster Care ombudsman, who will talk about the “Foster Children’s Bill of Rights” — a legal document that guarantees basic rights for the 11,000 children currently in foster care in Oregon.

This community presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30–7 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Office Building, Conference Room 1, 1810 East 19th in The Dalles. RSVP is requested at 541-386-3468 or Light snacks will be provided.

“Children who are in foster care have experienced tremendous abuse and neglect” said Susan Erickson, executive director of Columbia Gorge CASA. “As CASA volunteers, we often see the rights of these kids eclipsed by the rights of parents or the child welfare system and the Oregon Foster Children’s Bill of Rights and the Foster Care Ombudsman are two important resources that foster kids and those who advocate for them have to ensure these rights are upheld.”

Columbia Gorge CASA is a local nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the needs and well being of local children in foster care.

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