Since 1995, our CASA volunteers have advocated for more than 3,500 children. However, only 1 out of every 3 kids in the Denver foster care system currently has a CASA.
Your support of our efforts to serve the most vulnerable children in our community is helping to close that gap. Because of you, we are moving closer to our 20|twenty Vision, which is, simply put: A CASA for every child in need.
Child Advocates-Denver CASA has launched an innovative new program model that will enable us to advocate for 100% of abused and neglected children in need in our county by the year 2020. Our Peer Coordinator Model, as it is called, is a cost-effective new service delivery model that will allow us to increase our services to children with only a modest increase in resources. Over the next five years, we will expand our services and reduce the cost per child by 40%. We will provide a powerful voice for every abused and neglected child in Denver County.
Those of you familiar with our current program model know that our ability to change the lives of children has been limited by staff capacity. For every 30 CASA volunteers we recruit and train, we have needed to fund one full-time staff supervisor to support the volunteers throughout their cases. We serve approximately 400 children each year, but 800 more children are still on our waiting list.
By the year 2020, we will serve 100% of the need in Denver County, by recruiting and training seasoned, experienced CASA volunteers to support other CASA volunteers. Now, when new CASA volunteers graduate from training, they are supported by Volunteer Peer Coordinators rather than staff. These Peer Coordinators have been CASA volunteers themselves for several years. They have been hand-selected and specially-trained to support other CASA volunteers throughout their cases and are full staffed by our highly qualified, professional team.
To be successful in meeting 100% of the need for Court Appointed Special Advocacy, now more than ever we need your support! Consider joining our efforts by stepping up as a CASA Volunteer or by making a donation or pledge to support our work.