Be Empowered. Help a Child. End the Cycle of Abuse.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a CASA Volunteer! Did you know that on average Child Advocates – Denver CASA is forced to turn away seven children per week because we don’t have enough volunteer advocates? 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 a foster home. In 2017, over 800 children in Denver County spent time in foster care and during that time Denver CASA assigned Volunteers to 527 children. There are over 500 children in Denver right now who still need a CASA Volunteer.
CASA Volunteers give abused and neglected children hope. By visiting with them twice each month, CASA Volunteers get to know their children, their needs, and their wishes, and are able to stand up for them in court – a place where they typically do not have a voice. For children who’ve been abused or neglected, having a CASA Volunteer means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible. Children with CASA Volunteers are more likely to end up with their family, and according to National CASA, more likely to receive therapy, health care and appropriate education. They are also less likely to be bounced from one place to another or get stuck in long-term foster care. CASA’s vision is to provide a volunteer advocate for every child in need in our community.
To become a CASA Volunteer, complete the online application by clicking here. Mary Beth, our Community Engagement Manager, will be in touch with next steps following your application submission.
(An application is NOT complete if you fail to answer the writing portion in its entirety.)
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.