Our mission is to provide specially selected and trained community volunteers, CASAs, to advocate for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes.
What We Do
CASA is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization that trains and supervises community volunteers to represent the best interests of our most vulnerable citizens - child victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect.
Volunteer CASA Volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The desired result is that children are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive.
Volunteer Advocates ensure that each child has a voice in court and that the Judge receives up-to-date, pertinent information so important decisions may be made regarding the child's educational and health related needs, therapy, visitation, and ultimately permanency. Each Volunteer Advocate is vital in determining a safe and permanent home for the child.
For children who have been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible. For Volunteer Advocates, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place.
We are Volunteer-Based
CASA Volunteer Advocates come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children's lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own.
After being sworn-in by a judge, Volunteer Advocates are appointed to a child or family of children and spend an average of 15-20 hours a month advocating for these children. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child's family, teachers, doctors, care-givers and anyone else involved in the child's life. Judges highly value CASA's recommendations which help them make informed decisions in the child's best interest.
Child a Child's Story
CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties currently serves approximately 500 of the 1,600 children in need in Adams & Broomfield counties. We have launched an innovative new program model that will enable us to work towards advocating for 100% of abused and neglected children in need in our counties.
Our Peer Coordinator Model, as it is called, is a cost-effective new service delivery model that will allow us to increase our services to children with only a modest increase in resources. Over the next five years, we will expand our services and reduce the cost per child by 40%. We hope to one day provide a powerful voice for every abused and neglected child in Adams & Broomfield Counties.
How will we do it? Through the power of volunteers!
Our ability to change the lives of children has been limited by staff capacity. For every 40 CASA Volunteer Advocates we recruit and train, we have needed to fund one full-time staff supervisor to support the volunteers throughout their cases. While we serve more than 500 children each year, there are approximately 600 more children still on our waiting list.
With our new model, we envision to serve 100% of the need in Adams & Broomfield Counties, by recruiting and training seasoned, experienced CASA Volunteers to support other CASA Volunteers. Now, when new CASA Volunteers graduate from training, they are supported by a Peer Coordinator or a Senior Program Coordinator. These Peer Coordinators have been CASA Volunteers themselves for several years. They have been hand-selected and specially-trained to support other CASA Volunteers throughout their cases and are fully staffed by our highly qualified, professional team.
To be successful in meeting 100% of the need for Court Appointed Special Advocacy, we will need to recruit and train 100 new CASA Volunteers.
For more information about our vision, please contact Abbie Foley, Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 720.523.2358.