CASA Volunteers are a voice that fights when others aren’t able. A voice that is brave, yet maintains a soft heart. A voice that serves to reassure that everything will be alright. Every child has the right to be heard, the right to be safe, and the opportunity to thrive. A CASA Volunteer can be a key factor in ensuring a brighter future awaiting every child who has experienced abuse and neglect.
Child Advocates – Denver CASA recruits and trains community volunteers from diverse backgrounds to advocate for the best interests of children, who have experienced abuse or neglect, in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes.
Our vision is that all children are thriving emotionally, mentally, and physically with lifelong connections to caring and responsible adults, a permanent home, and a safe and nurturing environment where they have a sense of belonging.
Children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect are among the most vulnerable populations in America. A child in foster care may have faced physical, psychological or emotional trauma and years of uncertainty as they wait to go home, be adopted or simply see what happens next. All that chaos has long-term effects. Young people who have spent time in foster care are more likely to face incarceration, homelessness and unemployment. They are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to be victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
There is a simple and effective solution: A CASA Volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained community member who acts as an agent of the court. They work directly with the professionals on the case to make sure that the best interests of the children and youth they serve are always front-and-center. A young person who has a CASA Volunteer has the best chance of a successful outcome.
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.