Children who have experienced abuse or neglect face many unknowns. Courtrooms. Foster Care. New schools. A revolving door of well-meaning professionals. - All while dealing with the trauma of abuse or neglect.
At CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties, we make sure children don’t face the dependency court and foster care systems alone.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children’s best interests. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. We serve children from birth through the age of 21. Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators and service providers to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make the most informed decisions for each child.
Our highly-trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers get to know each child. CASA volunteers ensure each child’s needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system. They ensure the child is safe, has the shortest possible road to a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. For many foster youth, their CASA volunteer is the one consistent person in their life.
District Court Judge Ann Gail Meinster states: "I have the privilege of working with many CASA volunteers. CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is an amazing organization that performs a critical community service for the most vulnerable children in the 1st Judicial District. CASA volunteers partner with other professionals working on cases. They provide a service that supplements the work of Guardians ad litem and caseworkers. They provide accurate, thoughtful and independent reporting to other parties to the case and the Court. CASA volunteers can sometimes be the one person who sees safety issues that are missed by others. I find the Program and its volunteers to be invaluable. My wish is to assign a CASA volunteer to every case of child abuse."