'CASA does valuable work supporting kids in need'

      EUGENE, Ore. - Lane County has over 1,000 children in foster care.

      About a third of those kids require a court appointed special advocate, or CASA.

      CASA volunteers work to get the youth under their care out of the system and back home quickly and safely.

      "The CASA's job is to ensure that all the professionals that are involved in that child's life are making really good decisions for that child and getting them the services they need," said Megan Shultz, executive director of CASA for Lane County.

      According to Shultz, a child is in the system for a minimum of 24 months, which seems like a lifetime if you're young.

      But, she said the consistent presence of a CASA volunteer helps make it more manageable.

      Money is needed to recruit and train these CASA volunteers.

      Full City Coffee Roasters is once again stepping up, donating 100 percent of its sales Monday to the non-profit.

      Full City's owner Michael Phinney said that after meeting CASA's executive director, he decided the cause was something he should get behind.

      "It's unfortunate we need organizations like CASA, but I think CASA does valuable work supporting kids in need," Phinney said.

      Full City will be open until 6 p.m. Monday.

      For more information on how you can get involved with CASA, you can visit its website.