BEND, OR -- Deschutes County is giving a $30,000 grant to help young people transition out of the foster care system. CASA of Central Oregon is expanding its pilot program "Fostering Futures" to help with this goal.
CASA stands for court appointed special advocates, and these volunteers are advocates for children going through the system.
Executive Director Jenna App tells KBND they've learned some valuable lessons over the years. "If children don't transition into a permanent home before aging out of the system, that transition from being in foster care and then aging out is a time filled with great risk for the young adult. Its really hard to complete an education and make the transition to be part of a productive work force."
CASA plans to use the grant to expand training for CASA volunteers to help these older foster children as they leave the Department of Human Services.