Child Advocates-Denver CASA

Johnny’s Journey

In 2011, a young boy named Johnny and his sister were placed in a foster home as a result of severe neglect. Their parents relinquished their parental rights shortly thereafter and Johnny’s sister was adopted by their foster family. Johnny, however, had extensive behavioral issues and the adoptive parents soon… Read more

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Why CASA?

My name is Carley Raybon and I am currently a public relations student at The University of Alabama. Last semester, as I thought about entering my senior year, I knew I needed to gain experience within the field. Alabama has one of the top communications and public relations programs in… Read more

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Thoughts About Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Vicarious trauma (compassion fatigue, secondary PTSD, or countertransference) is a big deal. I think as CASA volunteers we are all too aware of this—we see members of our interdisciplinary teams dealing with its reality every day: department workers overloaded with cases; agency workers, foster parents, friends and family constantly dealing… Read more

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SHEDDING LIGHT ON OUR VOLUNTEERS – PART 2: FACING (AND REPORTING) FACTS

So what separates court appointed special advocates from other volunteers who work with foster youth? There are many organizations which may do advocacy or mentorship work for youth in foster care, such as the Youth Advocacy Program; the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center; teachers; medical providers; personal attorneys; and family members…. Read more

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A caregiver’s protection, nurturance and guidance speeds recovery and supports the child’s coping in the face of trauma.

Several years ago, I worked in a residential treatment facility housed to over thirty boys and girls with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems, such as: conduct disorders, reactive attachment, PTSD, victims of abuse, etc. The facility treated children who were dis-regulated and seemingly ‘out of control’ kids… Read more

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