Child Advocates – Denver CASA provides local volunteer opportunities in Denver for people who are passionate about helping children or youth.
Be Empowered. Help a Child. End the Cycle of Abuse.
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO CHANGE A LIFE.
CASA Volunteers are everyday citizens that advocate for the safety and well-being of children and youth victims of abuse and neglect.
You do not need a social work background or legal expertise to be a CASA Volunteer, but you do need to be committed. We require that you are 21 or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and can successfully pass our background screening.
What Does a CASA Volunteer Do?
A CASA Volunteer has one purpose: to advocate for the child or youth on the case they represent and ensure his or her needs are met. While other professionals within the system serve multiple families, a CASA volunteer serves one child, youth or sibling group. It is this focus that allows them to understand even the smallest details of the case and the complex network of relationships connected to the child or youth teen.
Most of all, however, this intense focus ensures placement, school and other services like therapy are appropriate and in his or her best interest. In fact, research has shown that children and youth with a CASA receive more services, re-enter the system fewer times, and are more likely to be adopted.
What does it take to be a CASA volunteer?
One of the only requirements for volunteering in Denver is your dedication and willingness to advocate for what is in a child’s best interest.
CASA volunteers in Denver are regular people concerned about the happiness and safety of all children. Full-time workers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, and college students from all economic and social backgrounds have all successfully helped children in Denver.
When a person takes on a case as a CASA Volunteer in Denver, that person takes on a child’s future. A CASA must be willing to keep appointments and follow through with the entire case. Although it can be hard work, CASA volunteers provide that one constant person that children need to thrive.
The role of a CASA Volunteer is to represent the best interests of the child. This may not always be what the child wants. A CASA will talk to everyone involved in the case, and must remain objective when giving recommendations to the court.
GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
A CASA must be able to communicate with a wide variety of people, including healthcare professionals, school officials, and parents - even when those parents are the ones being accused of harming the child. CASA volunteers must also submit written reports to the court and be prepared to speak in court to represent the child’s best interests.