Life Stories is offering the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Workshops. Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® is a free, community presentation for parents, coaches, teachers, pastors and any individuals who work directly with children. This nationally distributed, evidence-based program aims to educate adults to be responsible for preventing, recognizing, and reacting to child abuse. It encourages awareness but also teaches skills and presents crucial tools needed in order to respond appropriately to child abuse suspicions, allegations, and investigations. It ultimately aims to protect all children in our community.
This is a new program using an evidence based curriculum. A post survey will be done with participants at the end of each workshop.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Crime/ Abuse Victims
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
CASA is a program which intervenes on behalf of abused and neglected children.
Entering the court system can be a confusing and frightening experience for abused and neglected children and that's where CASA plays an integral role.
As Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens, at least 21 years of age, who are professionally trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to work first, last and always in the best interest of the child at the heart of a case.
CASA volunteers visit the children weekly, monitor the case progress, ensure that the child's treatment needs are met and report their findings directly to the court with the ultimate goal of finding a safe and permanent home for that child.
During the fiscal year 2017-2018, 240 children had CASA volunteers. 34 new CASA's were sworn-in. This brought our number of total CASA volunteers in the program during this year to 104.
During the past fiscal year, 94 CASA children's cases were closed.
84% (79) of the children had a safe, permanent home at the close of the case.
Children ages 5 to 21
The Child Advocacy Center provides a child-focused environment to gently support child victims of sexual and physical abuse and their non-offending family members. The Center encourages a coordinated response to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.
The Child Advocacy Center:
-ensures that a possible child victim has an opportunity to tell his or her story to an unbiased professional.
-reduces the number of times a child victim must be interviewed by video-recording all interviews.
-offers non-offending family members crisis intervention, support and access to services.
-provides multi-disciplinary case review for child abuse cases in Weld County, thereby ensuring that these delicate cases proceed in the best interest of the child victim and quicken prosecution times.
-helps victims start the road to healing.
In Fiscal year 2017-2018 370 child victims and their 651 family members received family support and resources.
Follow up calls were made to insure that the families were accessing resources and to provide them with additional information if needed. The program participates in a nationwide survey process called "Outcome Measurement System" or OMS. Over 95% of our families report that their children felt safe at the center and that they were satisfied with the CAC, and the process and felt more knowledgeable and able to help their child in the future.