Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
The Honorable Judge Katherine Delgado of the state’s 17th Judicial District today swore in 24 community volunteers as CASA Volunteer Advocates — Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. Others in attendance included Magistrate Peter Stapp, Co-Chair of the CASA Board Bob Grant, as well as CASA staff members for Adams and Broomfield Counties.
The new volunteer advocates honored during the February 13th ceremony included: Afsheen Ahmad, Mary Arrington, Nancey Bookstein, Paige Calaway, Laila Chavez, Ashley Cunningham, Annabelle Denmark, Sheryl Deveraux, Jennie Dreiling, Taylor Ehrhardt, Chelsea Ellison, Joelle File, Meagan Frank, Tonya Hanson, Bob Hoyle, Kristan Marsden, Justine Montoya, Yadira Nelson, Jan Ryan, Robin Schlundt, Kim Taylor, Kelly Thornton, Lisa Thompson, and Michelle Webster.
The newly appointed CASA Volunteer Advocates join over 220 other dedicated community members who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the county’s juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.
The role of the CASA Volunteer Advocate is to be an extra set of eyes and ears on the child, reporting back to the courts on the best interest of the child involved in the case. They meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, attorneys, and teachers in order to find the best possible route for the child.
With more than 1,100 children each year in need of a CASA Advocate Volunteer, many more advocates are still needed in Adams and Broomfield Counties. To volunteer you must be at least 21 years of age, pass background screening and successfully complete 30 hours of training.
The next advocate training session for Adams and Broomfield Counties will begin in March 2018. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate and the rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, please contact Carly Wooldridge at (303) 835-5543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.