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.
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 2015, over 200 children in Denver County spent time in foster care. Unfortunately, the system that is supposed to protect children isn’t always equipped to ensure that their basic needs and rights are protected.
There is a simple and effective solution: A CASA Volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained advocate who works directly with all the parties to make sure that the best interests of the child are always front-and-center. A child who has a CASA volunteer has the best chance of a successful outcome.
CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives.
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.
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