Denise Wright has been a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) since 2009, seving the children of Deshutes County, Oregon. She not only serves as a CASA, but also as a Peer Coordinator and Drug Court Liaison. Denise has served 15 children as an advocate, over 11 advocates as PC, and is a community partner of the Deschutes County Drug Court Team.
Leslie Fritch, Associate Director CASA of Central Oregon advises, "Denise serves because it is in her heart. She dedicates much of her time to her work. As an advocate, Denise develops relationships with the child, foster parents, biological parents, teachers, doctors, therapists, and other professionals involved in the well-being of the child. Denise knows each child that she serves and has helped over 15 children through the foster care system. She advocates for the needs of the child and fights for their right to have a permanent, loving, forever home.
Denise also serves as a mentor to other advocates. She guides new advocates in their casework, reviews court reports, and mentors them to become a strong voice for the children they serve. Denise serves on the Deschutes County Drug Court team as a Coordinator for CASA. Denise participates in drug court meetings and encourages the participants who have open dependency cases as they work hard on their sobriety. Denise has dedicated hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to making sure children in foster care have a voice."
Jill Bower, CASA Program Coordinator, adds that when Denise was asked by she became a volunteer, she replied "I have been incredibly fortunate to be a stay at home mom. As my girls have grown I have always been involved in volunteering. I believe we are here to support each other....I feel like CASA is a really good fit for me to be able to help advocate for the children. That has been my role as mother and I feel like all children deserve that."
Ms. Bower concludes that Denise is a huge presence at CASA and “we love the advocacy and support that she gives to the children she serves and the work that she does.”
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