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CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate (for abused and neglected kids)

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CASA of the Pikes Peak Region

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CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks. CASA volunteers change that!

Volunteers in CASA's Dependency & Neglect (D&N) Program advocate for children who are involved with the Department of Human Services and Family Court System because of abuse or neglect they have experienced at home.

What exactly do Court Appointed Special Advocates do?

Many times, people are confused about what a CASA volunteer's role is. Once you decide to become a CASA, you'll go through a screening process and initial training which includes topics such as child development, cultural competency, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence, and an overview of the juvenile court process. After that, you will be sworn in as an officer of the court and appointed as an independent party to the proceedings of a Dependency & Neglect Case (which could involve a single child OR a sibling group). As you take on your first case, you'll have the support of an entire team behind you and there will be plenty of people available to answer your questions or help you work through issues. Once you get started on your case, some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Visit with the child or children on your case at least twice a month
  • Gather information by reviewing documents and interviewing children, family members, and other professionals in their lives
  • Attend meetings with other parties (attorneys, caseworkers, etc.)
  • Help the child understand court proceedings; Explain what is going on
  • Research and investigate all aspects of a child's life
  • Direct child and family members to appropriate community resources
  • Monitor family compliance with the treatment plan and court orders
  • Appear in court to advocate for the child and provide testimony
  • Make recommendations to the court through written and oral reports
  • Work with Life Long Links Specialists to search for and interview family members to ensure foster children have continuity in relationships, family information, and long-term connections for the future


Visit https://www.casappr.org/programs/dependency-neglect to learn more!

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About CASA of the Pikes Peak Region

Location:

418 South Weber St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, US

Mission Statement

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provide a voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or domestic conflict and promotes community awareness of these issues to ensure safe and permanant homes.

Description

Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region418 S. Weber St.Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(38.82744,-104.82056)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 2 - 5 hours per week for 16 - 18 months.
  • Application, interview, and background checks.

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