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CASA of Mesa County

CASA volunteers provide a voice in court for victims of child abuse and neglect and spend thousands of hours each year speaking on behalf of innocent children. As the eyes and ears of the court, CASAs make sure that each child receives the services they need and has a voice within the system.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
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Former Name(s)
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Acronym
CASAMC
Date Established
1997
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
Child Care Credit
Tax ID
84-1409144
Addresses
Headquarters Address
360 Grand Avenue
Suite 201
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
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Other Address
360 Grand Avenue
Suite 201
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
970-242-4191
Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
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Web/Email
Email
joy@casamc.org
Website
www.casamc.org
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Mission Statement

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County is to provide a voice in court for children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

Organization History

CASA of Mesa County has been in existence since 1997 in response to the high number of children living in foster care and other out of home placements due to abuse and neglect. In 1998, legislation was passed calling for CASA programs to be in each judicial district in the state of Colorado. CASAMC has followed the laws and guidelines set forth by this legislation. No state funding is provided for our program.

CASAMC is a member of the Colorado State CASA Association and the National CASA Association. Our program was recognized in 2009 for demonstrating quality program management.

Testimonials

The Heart of Childhood

Childhood. For most of us, the word brings forth memories of classroom friends, summer days, and the love and safety of home. For others, childhood memories are those of pain and fear and a heavy sense of hopelessness that things will never get better. For 3-year-old Hailey childhood was a series of broken dreams with no end in sight.

Abandoned by her mother, and severely abused by her father, Hailey went to live with a family member in a strange new home. Without the ability to express her pain and frustration in words, Hailey's feelings began to transform into negative behaviors. Frightened for the safety of the other children in the home, Hailey's family member decided she could no longer stay.

As a social worker came to get Hailey, she tightly clutched her only possession, a small and ragged teddy bear. Her lip quivered, but no one would see her cry. Tears didn't come easily in Hailey's world anymore. Hailey went to a new foster home that day, but she wouldn't be there long. Unprepared for the level of trauma the young child had endured, the foster home asked that she be removed from their care after one month. Childhood can mean facing things alone.

Placed in her third new home, Hailey's life began to spiral into sadness and anger. Within two weeks the foster home contemplated returning Hailey to DHS. They couldn't help her and thought maybe Hailey was beyond repair. In childhood, people may give up on you.

Hailey didn't know that help was on the way in the form of a gentle smile and a heart that would never give up. Bearing a long title that Hailey couldn't quite pronounce, her court-appointed special advocate, or CASA, appeared one day bringing just the faintest glimmer of hope. Sensing that Hailey's wounds ran deep, the advocate focused attention on her need for counseling. When told the wait was too long to get an appointment, the CASA volunteer spent 6 hours in a waiting room with Hailey until she could be assessed. As the child's voice in court, Hailey's CASA made sure the judge knew how she was doing and what she needed. Hailey no longer had to face life alone and she began to heal. Childhood means there are people who will protect you.

Now, at the age of six, Hailey has added a new dream to her memories, her adoption. The CASA volunteer stood in the courtroom during the adoption and as she watched Hailey laugh she knew her days of broken dreams were in the past. New memories would replace the old, and for Hailey, childhood would now mean hope.

*Name changed to protect confidentiality.

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