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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.

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.

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About Child Advocates - Denver CASA

Location:

1325 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite B402, Denver, CO 80222, US

Mission Statement

Child Advocates - Denver CASA advocates for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect by training diverse volunteers who create opportunities for children, youth and families to thrive.

Description

The idea of a Court Appointed Special Advocate was originally started by Seattle Judge David W. Soukup in Seattle, Washington in 1977 who felt that children needed more support as they moved through the dependency and neglect system. As a judge, he did not think he had enough information to make decisions about the fate of children in dependency and neglect cases. He came up with the idea that a trained volunteer could speak up on behalf of children who had experienced abuse and neglect.

Since then, this idea of a CASA has expanded into 49 states, including the National CASA Association, located in Seattle. In 1995, Child Advocates - Denver CASA was founded. For over 25 years, Denver CASA has recruited and trained volunteers to serve in the 2nd Judicial District of Denver advocating for children and providing a stable, caring adult to help children through a difficult time.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

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WHERE

1325 S. Colorado BlvdSuite B402Denver, CO 80222

(39.69246,-104.941)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Advocacy

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Minimum commitment of at least 18 months time. Visit with child at least twice a month, write court reports, and attend court every 90 days while receiving support from your Advocate Supervisor.

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