CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties

Help us reach our goal of $65,000 to recruit and train 40 volunteers to advocate in court for the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

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Advocacy

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)
At-Risk Populations

Description

CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin counties is the only organization to advocate for child abuse victims in the 1st Judicial District of Colorado. Community volunteers are trained to make independent reports to the courts in abuse and neglect cases. Sworn in and appointed by judges, CASA volunteers become officers of the court and advocate for child abuse victims from birth to emancipation from protective services. Requests for a CASA volunteer come from a variety of sources: juvenile judges, the County Attorney's Office, Guardian ad litem attorneys and case workers. It is at the discretion of the Court and by court order that a CASA volunteer is appointed to a case of child abuse. Using skills in observation and interviewing and nurturing relationships with the children they serve, these volunteers add another voice and more insights into the lives of these children. They provide valuable insight into complex family issues and provide insightful analyses to assist the courts in making the decisions that ultimately determine the placement of child abuse victims.

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Evidence of Program's Success

According to the National CASA organization, 90% of children who have a CASA volunteer assigned to them are placed in permanent homes more quickly and do not have need for additional intervention from social services and child protection agencies.

Children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care. When a CASA volunteer was involved, both children and their parents were ordered by the Courts to receive more services. Cases involving CASA volunteers are more likely to be permanently closed successfully than cases where a CASA is not assigned.

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