Monday, Jan 1, 2018
The CASA organization has chosen Terry Hoffman as January Advocate of the Month. She has been an advocate with CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties since 2017.
Without hesitation, she jumped into her role quickly with a case of several children. The parents and the children are in intensive therapy, much of which is tailored to each individual. Terry not only meets weekly with the family but visits the children’s schools monthly. She has also advocated for the children to secure financial help to pay for classes to ensure they do well at school. This involved Terry participating in IEP/504 meetings which can result in providing children with specific services if they have medical, behavioral, or emotional problems.
In 1998, Terry adopted two brothers from Pueblo Human Services who had been abused and neglected by their teenage mother and her family, after they’d gone through the foster care system, suffering further abuse. With counseling and support from schools, mental health providers, and good friends, the boys have become productive men with their own families and Terry now enjoys four grandchildren.
Terry’s experience has shown her that because many children are mistreated through the system, at times weary of professionals, they often place more trust in the CASA. Her work as a CASA has been praised by the Guardian ad Litem as she considers each child’s individual needs, and advocates on their behalf. Terry’s calm personality has proved to be effective in providing the support the family requires.
“I became a CASA because I believe in helping to assure the safety and dignity of children who have been determined to be at risk for abuse and neglect in their homes,” said Terry. “These children are not responsible for the situations they’ve been exposed to and they deserve to have their wishes heard by the courts.”
Terry has been a constant on this case since the beginning, attending to the ever-changing needs of the children, and compassionately advocating for them before the judge in their court hearings.
The support that Terry has given to these children throughout a terribly challenging time in their lives demonstrates how much good a CASA can do. We thank Terry for her continued commitment to making a difference in the lives of these children.