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CASA of the Continental Divide

Donations go directly to supporting youth in dependency and neglect cases. These are the worst of the situations where children need an advocate who will represent their best interests in the courts. Funding helps us recruit and train advocates - who then work with the children.

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Child Advocacy

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public
General Public/Unspecified

Description

Child Advocacy: The mission of CASA of the Continental Divide (CASACD) it to provide well trained court appointed volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who are victims of abuse and neglect in the Fifth Judicial District. Our goal is to provide well trained and supervised volunteers as requested by the judges of the Fifth Judicial District for 100%of these children, and to find them safe and permanent homes as soon as possible. There are no other programs in our district which provides child advocacy in court.

Truancy CASA Services: In January 2016 CASACD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Summit County School District and the Combined Courts of Summit County to implement a pilot project in Summit County providing truancy advocacy services to children and youth involved in truancy court.
CASACD will provide volunteer advocates to help the court and family identify the issues that prevent the child/youth from attending school and then make recommendations for resources and services that are in the child/youth's best interest. The goal is to help school-aged children succeed in school.

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Evidence of Program's Success

CASACD measures impact by its ability to provide a well trained and supervised volunteer to any child in a D&N case in the 5th Judicial District to which a CASA volunteer is appointed, without cost to the child.

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