Newsletter June 2024

Pride Month!

June is Pride Month, a time to learn and celebrate gender diversity amongst our human friends.

The backlash against our transgendered youth and adults is driven by ignorance and lack of understanding, rigid gender norms, cultural and religious beliefs, fear and misconceptions, political and social pressures, historical pathologization, media misrepresentation, social and peer influence, economic and political interests, and the basic human trait of fear of change. All these things pile up to make it very difficult for humans to not only exist as transgendered people, but also for others to learn new information and address their own biases.

No wonder our transgendered youth have such high rates of attempted and completed suicide. Imagine living in a family, community or society that rejects who you are as a human being.

As an ally who has lived in both worlds, from ignorance and bias to reality and renewed understanding, I can say it’s been painful. Don’t get me wrong, my pain isn’t even close to the pain felt by the transgendered person who is constantly bombarded by ignorant and hateful social constructs, systems, and people. My pain is from understanding my past ignorance and seeing it in others, seeing the pain in the faces of my transgendered friends, and seeing otherwise good people continue to follow incorect, oppressive, hateful and hurtful practices and beliefs.

I promise to continue to challenge beliefs (my own and those of society) and learn better about the humans around me. I hope you will take on this challenge as well. 

“Children in the foster care system face a lot of uncertainty, and LGBTQI+ children even more so. No child should worry that if they share their sexual orientation or gender identity that they’ll lose their ability to have a safe home, or be subjected to discrimination, harassment, or even the abuse of discredited ‘conversion therapy’ efforts. LGBTQI+ young folks, like all young folks, deserve safe and stable out-of-home care and these rules will help to ensure that they get it. We commend the Biden administration for this important work to address the disproportionately negative experiences that LGBTQI+ youth currently experience in our foster care system.”

-David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign Vice President for Government Affairs

With New Rule, Biden Administration Strengthens Protections for LGBTQI+ Youth in Foster Care System - Human Rights Campaign (

Get these dates on your calendars! Please reach out if you have any questions and/or would like to help out at any of these events.

  • 6.14.24 - Coos Bay Library Volunteer Fair 2-4pm
  • 6.29.24 tentative Pride Day at the Mall more details to come.
  • 7.13.24 Family Fun Day - Pony Village Mall
  • 8.3.24 - 3rd Annual Art on the Coast Fundraiser for CASA - Brookings
  • 8.6.24 - National Night Out - Empire - Sponsored by the Community Coalition of Empire
  • 8.9.24 - Kellogg Springs Camp - FC3

May Event Photos!

Some of our FC3 team and BACA at the ODHS Ice Cream Social!

Our FC3 fundraiser, Celebrity Feud, was so much fun! We raised a little over $4000 to support our work in Coos and Curry Counties!

We've received our second shipment of diapers to give out to low income families in Coos and Curry Counties! Again a big Thank You to Pony Village Mall for helping to unload and store diapers for our ORCCA and ODHS teams! If you know of a family who could benefit from this resouce please reach out!

Curry Pride in the Park was a wonderful event filled with positive energy and lots of amazing people.

CASA In-Service Workshop - June

Topic: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Time: June 25th, 2024 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: ACEs Training

Time: Jun 25, 2024 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 7706 1551

Passcode: 225565

Arlo the CASA Dog

Arlo has been working hard to help recruit new CASAs! He took advantage of some well-deserved down time to get back to nature!

Steve Shirtcliff CASA Scholarship

4 scholarships to date!

If you'd like to help keep this scholarship going please donated here:

Donate to Education | SWOCC Foundation (

Under the line, "Where Would you Like to Allocate your Donation?" just type in Steve Shirtcliff Scholarship. $10, $20, or whatever you can give will continue to support educational advocacy in the name of Steve Shirtcliff and CASA.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

DEI Calendar June 2024

  • Caribbean American Heritage Month
  • Pride Month
  • June 12 — Loving Day 
  • June 14-19 — Hajj*
  • June 16 — Father’s Day*
  • June 17 — Eid al-Adha*
  • June 18 — International Day for Countering Hate Speech
  • June 19 — Juneteenth
  • June 28 — Pride Day

Other Resouces:

South Coast Equity Coalition

Equity vs. Equality and Other Racial Justice Definitions - The Annie E. Casey Foundation (


ODHS launches new Website!

Oregon Department of Human Services : Foster Care : Foster Care : State of Oregon

You can now donate your cans and bottles to CASA through our nonprofit BottleDrop account.

There are a few ways you can help. You can bring your bottles and cans to the CASA office, you can get some of the special non-profit bags from us, or you can donate from your own BottleDrop account through the link below.

Oregon Coast Community Action - BottleDrop

You can become a Funding Partner for CASA!

Community donations help us keep our doors open to serve kids!

Donate directly through the Donate link or

give us a call at 541-435-7103

Set up a monthly reoccurring payment for as little as $5/month!

You can also mail in your donation to our CASA office at 1848 Thomas Ave, Coos Bay , OR 97420
or our ORCCA office at 1855 Thomas Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

CASA Birthdays in May

No Birthdays this month!

Happy Birthday CASAs!

CASA Stats - April

Children CASAs are Currently Serving

Coos = 45 (51%)

Curry = 17 (100%)

Total Serving = 62 (62%)

Total Kids Served To Date (7/1/23-6/4/24): 105

Children on our Wait list

Coos = 42

Curry = 0

Active CASA Volunteers

Coos = 33

Curry = 10

DHS Stats - May

Kids in Care

Coos = 86

Curry = 17

Resource Homes

Coos = 64

Curry = 15

CASA Anniversaries - May

Emily Liga - 2 years!

Evan Hall - 1 years!

Susan Zwicker - 7 years!

Laurie Chase - 2 years!

Lori Dionne - 2 years!

Sylvia Lydick - 2 years!

Bobbi Neason - 16 years!

Susan Paterson - 2 years!

Happy CASA Anniversary! Thank you for your time in serving children and making a difference in their lives!

Resource Closet and Food Pantry

The Coos Resource Closet is a collaborative effort by CASA, United Way/Every Child, and the Coos County Foster Parent Association! Our resource closet has clothing, shoes, diapers, mattress covers, cribs, and other child needs. Reach out or stop by if your families are in need. Stop by at the CASA office Mon-Friday (most weeks) 8am - 4pm. Or email or call to set up an appointment. 

We also have a small food pantry in our Coos Office for emergency and supplimentary food needs. If a resouce or bio family you are serving needs some extra help with food, send them our way or stop by and grab a food box for them.

Our collaborative resource closet in Curry County is at the Curry Juvenile Department. Reach out to Ericka if you have a family in need. 

Other Resources
NEEDS: Every Child Oregon has rolled out their "My Neighbor" program for foster providers, children in foster care, or youth impacted by foster care. This is a page where they fill out a short form describing their needs, which gets sent to their area My Neighbor hubs for addressing those needs.

GIVING: Don't have needs but have want to help provide resources? Well, they've thought of that to! The link to the right will take you to a page where you can let them know what resources you can help provide.

Some of Our Partners

Foster Parent Association

CASA of Coos and Curry Counties Website

Oregon Coast Community Action - CASA of Coos and Curry Counties

Mailing Address: 1848 Thomas Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

Physical Address: 1848 Thomas Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420


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