The mission of Child Advocates-Denver CASA is to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court through the services of specially selected and trained community volunteers from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a nationwide program of volunteers appointed to support abused and neglected children who are involved with both Child Welfare and the Juvenile Court System. The CASA program was started in 1977 by a judge in Seattle, Washington, where the National CASA Association is still located. Presiding over thousands of child welfare cases, the judge noted deficiencies in the quality and quantity of information he received from case workers and Guardians ad Litem (attorneys for the child) that bore directly on the potentially life-altering decisions he was making for these children. The judge founded the CASA program to create special advocates who would speak on the behalf of children throughout the legal process. Founded in 1995, Child Advocates - Denver CASA aims to support these children and youth by recruiting, training and empowering hundreds of volunteers to mentor and advocate for them during this transition.
"CASAs are our eyes and ears. They are precious in our court. I wish I had a CASA on every case I saw." - Judge Donna Schmalberger, District Court Judge for the Denver Juvenile Court