Every 47 minutes a child experiences abuse and/or neglect in Colorado. Many of these children will be removed from their homes and families. Throughout it all, there is one person who offers stability and hope. A CASA Volunteer fulfills society’s most fundamental obligation by advocating for a child’s right to be safe and treated with dignity and respect.
Child Advocates-Denver CASA’s mission is to advocate for the best interests 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.
Our vision is that all children will have a life-long connection with caring adults, a permanent home and a safe and nurturing environment where they can thrive because every child has this right.
Our promise is to be the voice of the youth and children we serve by being the eyes and ears of the court. In a typical year, more than 1,100 children in Denver County go through the court system because their family is in crisis. Sometimes these children are able to live at home with their parents. More often, however, these children wind up in the care of a family member, foster home, or Residential Care Facility.
There is a simple and effective solution: A CASA Volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained community member who acts as an agent of the court. They work directly with the professionals on the case to make sure that the best interests of the children and youth they serve are always front-and-center. A young person who has a CASA Volunteer has the best chance of a successful outcome.
The History of CASA
The idea of a Court Appointed Special Advocate was originally started by a Judge in 1977 who felt that children needed more support as they moved through the dependency and neglect system. He also felt that someone had to speak directly for them during the process.
Since then, this idea of a CASA has expanded into 49 states, including the National CASA Association, located in Seattle. In 2010, the entire CASA network of programs and organizations served over 240,000 children and trained over 75,000 volunteers. The National CASA Association develops and maintains the volunteer curriculum, ensuring that the highest standards are kept.