Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers needed!!!
CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
A CASA volunteer is a trained community member appointed by a Judge or Magistrate to speak in the best interest of abused and neglected children. They work to ensure the child's right to a safe and permanent home is addresses quickly and with due consideration. CASA volunteers act as investigators, carrying out a systematic examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment relationships and needs of the child. As facilitators, CASA volunteers identify resources and services for the child and facilitate collaborative relationships between all parties involved in the case to assist in meeting the child's needs. As advocates, CASA volunteers speak for the best interests of the child in court, and through written reports to the court, to assist the judge in making decisions on behalf of the child. And as case monitors, CASA volunteers keep track of court orders and ensure that the child reaches successful permanency.
CASA volunteers are assigned to one case at a time and work to find safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers fight to break the cycle of abuse for these children. Through regular contact and strong, meaningful relationships, children learn that there is someone that listens and truely cares. Studies show that children assigned a CASA volunteer have fewer relocations while in foster placement, receive more necessary services, are visited more often, and end up in safe and permanent homes more quickly than children without CASA volunteers. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for our communities' most vulnerable children. You can be the difference, become a CASA volunteer!!