Truancy Intervention Advocate

Help curb school absenteeism and redirect a child’s life to a positive and constructive future by becoming a CASA Volunteer Truancy Intervention Advocate for Denver County.

The Truancy Intervention Program takes current CASA volunteers, trains them on truancy court procedures and then assigns them to work directly with a student who has an open truancy court case.  The Truancy Intervention Advocate’s goal will be to identify barriers to educational success and report them to the court.

Unlike attorneys appointed to the child’s case or school attendance advocates, the Truancy Intervention Advocate volunteer is assigned to only one child at a time, giving him or her more time and dedication to the child’s unique needs. Truancy Intervention Advocates have been recruited from within our current CASA pool, traditionally serving the needs of abused and neglected children, and have been trained on the special and unique needs of children in the truancy court. The program has clear measurable outcomes, including attendance rates, grades, and engagement in extracurricular activities.

WHAT DO CASA TRUANCY Intervention ADVOCATES DO?

A CASA Truancy Intervention Advocate is a trained CASA Volunteer appointed to speak for the educational best interests of a child or youth who is involved in the 2nd Judicial District Denver Truancy Court.  Truancy Intervention Advocates work with the child/youth and family to access community resources and to ultimately improve the child/youth’s school attendance and academic success.

After completing required training, CASA Truancy Intervention Advocates commit to serving on a Truancy Case for a minimum of 12 months, or the duration of time that the case is open.  Most Truancy Interventions Advocates spend between 12-15 hours a month on their case by maintaining contact with the child/youth through a minimum of two contacts per month. Truancy Interventions Advocates also do the following:

  • Make regular contact with school personnel and other relevant persons
  • Review all pertinent records and documents
  • Attend all court hearings and give verbal and written reports
  • Assist in the identification of resources appropriate to meet the needs of the child/youth

WHO CAN BE A CASA VOLUNTEER TRUANCY ADVOCATE?

CASA Special Truancy Advocates must meet the following qualifications and requirements:

  • Be a current Volunteer CASA Child Advocate
  • Be over 21 years of age
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills
  • Pass background checks and participate in required screening process
  • Have some working knowledge of the educational system preferred

HOW DO I BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER TRUANCY ADVOCATE?

If you have questions about the role of a Truancy Advocate, please contact Katie Smith at ksmith@denvercasa.org or 303-832-4592