Thursday, Mar 1, 2018
The CASA organization has chosen Melinda Coburn as March Advocate of the Month. She has been an advocate with CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties for the past year, during which time she has tirelessly taken on three cases. Her first case involved two teenaged boys who had wide-ranging resource needs, everything from housing to truancy issues to getting help with serious mental health issues. Melinda was there at every difficult turn to advocate for their needs until the family moved out of the county and the case was closed.
Her second case involves a four-year-old girl who has been involved in some of her mother’s poor life choices. Melinda was able to make sure the girl became established into a pre-school setting for social benefits and safety reasons as well as to give the mother the time she needs to work and get professional counseling. The little girl is doing tremendously well at school and making friends while her mother progresses successfully with her work and therapy.
Melinda’s third case was recently assigned, which involves nine children ranging in age from three to 15. The nine children live with one mother and Melinda is busy learning about their individual needs. Her role here is to support the children by securing much-needed resources that can provide clothing, hygiene, mental help, and minimize truancy. The challenge here is to figure out the puzzle of needs for each individual child and prioritize, which is exactly what Melinda is doing and she’s hopeful for their future as she takes it one step at a time.
“I feel a tremendous amount of love for the great people in our community who very much want to help in these situations,” said Melinda. “It’s really a matter of being present and connecting the children with the resources that can help them.”
Melinda and her husband have one biological daughter, one adopted daughter, and one foster baby. They have had extensive experience as foster parents over the years, and understand the human services programs and the various levels of need and resources in the community.
“As a CASA, I’m seeing children in crisis mode which can be overwhelming but I know that my being there for them is the most important thing I can do,” said Melinda. “I provide an outsider’s view of what’s going on and can work with professionals to come up with positive solutions.”
Melinda’s passion for her work as a CASA is generating positive energy to make the world a little bit better. She understands that this kind of intervention is critical in the life of these children and the CASA organization is extremely grateful to have such a tenacious advocate. Thank you, Melinda for your wonderful services.