Our mission is to provide court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children and youth from the child welfare system so every child can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.
At CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties, we are driven by the following core values:
Adaptability: We seek opportunities, embrace challenges, and accept changes that will improve our work advocating for children and youth with an open court case from the child welfare system.
Collaboration: We collaborate with state and local CASA programs, case professionals, community partners, and with our stakeholders, to carry out our mission creatively and effectively.
Integrity: We are honest, transparent, and dedicated in everything we do, always adhering to the highest professional standards.
Respect: We demonstrate respect to all those impacted by and involved with our organization. We strive to be a culturally responsive, equitable and inclusive organization.
Quality: We pursue excellence in everything we do to provide the best advocacy for children and youth with an open court case from the child welfare system. We evaluate our work and strive for continuous improvement.
Service: We believe every Board Member, Staff Member, Volunteer and Donor plays an integral role in executing our mission. Each stakeholder is vital to providing quality service to children, youth and families.
Stewardship: We remain committed to our mission, and will continue to work towards our goal of providing a Court Appointed Special Advocate for every child in need in Adams and Broomfield Counties.
What We Do
CASA is a volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers, CASAs, to represent the best interests of child victims of abuse and neglect that are currently in the judicial system.
CASA Volunteers are ordinary citizens, like you, doing extraordinary work. They establish stable relationships with children who have experienced abuse and neglect, getting to know their unique history and making informed recommendations to the courts. CASA Volunteers spend time getting to know the child(ren) and family on their case, and help to ensure each child’s physical, mental, educational, and social-emotional needs are being met. They provide invaluable information to the Judge about the child’s life, and speak on behalf of the child in court, advocating for their best interests. The desired result is that children have a safe and permanent home where they can thrive. Research has shown that children with a CASA Volunteer are:
- More likely to find a safe, permanent home
- More likely to succeed in school
- Half as likely to re-enter the foster care system
We are Volunteer-Based
CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life and have a shared commitment towards improving children's future outcomes. There is no specific background or education required to become a CASA Volunteer. CASA Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check.
After being sworn-in by a judge, CASA Volunteers are appointed to a case, working with a child or family of children. On average, CASA Volunteers spend 10-15 hours per month working their case. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child's family, teachers, doctors, therapist, caregivers and anyone else involved in the child's life.
Judges greatly value the work of CASA Volunteers. Their recommendations help Judges make informed decisions in the child's best interest.
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Change a Child's Story
Each year in Adams and Broomfield Counties, there are approximately 1,600 children with an open abuse and neglect case. Over the past year, our CASA Volunteers have advocated for 622 children. Our goal is to provide advocacy for 100% of children in need in our jurisdiction.
With our Peer Coordinator Program model, we are able to work towards this goal more effectively.
How will we do it? Through the power of volunteers!
Our ability to change the lives of children has been limited by staff capacity. For every 40 CASA Volunteers we recruit and train, we have needed to fund one full-time staff supervisor to support the volunteers throughout their cases. While we served 622 children over the past year, there are approximately 1,000 more children without a CASA Volunteer to be their voice and speak up for them in court.
With the Peer Coordinator Program model, our vision is to serve 100% of the children in need in Adams & Broomfield Counties, by recruiting and training seasoned, experienced CASA Volunteers to support other CASA Volunteers.
Now, when new CASA Volunteers graduate from training, they are supported by a Peer Coordinator or a Volunteer Supervisor. These Peer Coordinators have been CASA Volunteers themselves for several years. They have been hand-selected and specially trained to support other CASA Volunteers throughout their cases and are fully supported by our highly qualified, professional team.
Together, we can work towards a future where we are serving 100% of the children in need in Adams & Broomfield Counties.
For more information about our vision, please contact Paige Otto, Community Engagement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 720.523.2839.