The CASA Mission

Provide court advocacy and support in the 5th Judicial District of Colorado for abused and neglected children in pursuit of safe and permanent homes.

How to Get Involved

Change a Child’s Story

Volunteer

CASA volunteers are an amazing force for good, but we need more…

Donation

Your contribution, no matter the size, can help to change a child’s life…

Events

There are many ways to get involved with CASA. Let’s Talk!

CASA in the News

COVID-19 Crisis
Staying Healthy and Supporting Children in Trying Times

With all of the businesses shutting down, schools closed, after school activities and child care cancelled, our children will likely need us more.  Due to the decrease in “eyes on a child” if you feel a child is in danger at home call the Colorado Child Abuse Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS

We are no longer conducting face-to-face meetings with CASA Volunteer and the children we serve until further notice. That does not mean the important work we are doing will cease. We will be using video conferencing and other forms of technology to reach out to children and their families. This is vital to continue our essential advocacy for children’s best interest, and to support them in a time of such uncertainty.

CASA of the Continental Divide staff are working remotely through March 31, 2020 with the expectation of working normal business hours. Therefore you should be able to reach one of us between 9:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday and in emergency over the weekend.  Staff will be available via email, cellphone, or video conference during this time.

 

Building Hope https://buildinghopesummit.org/ and the Family and Intercultural Resource Center https://www.summitfirc.org/ have many resources and support for families in need.  Please keep an eye on your friends and neighbors many are isolated and may experience depression or be in need of other assistant during these trying times.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Now more than ever, families need support!

Child Advocates Needed!

Change a Child’s Story

Many Children are still in need of a CASA. Please Make A Difference and consider becoming a CASA Volunteer advocating for children in the 5th Judicial District.

CASA volunteers work for the Judge and are a sworn “friend” of the court.

CASA volunteers stay on the case until closed, which typically takes 18 months. Once appointed to a case, CASA volunteers dedicate approximately 15- 20 hours a month to a case. They are expected to complete 12 hours of continuing education annually and participate in monthly supervision/case management meetings with program staff.

CASA volunteer qualifications:

  • 21 years old, mature and responsible
  • Submit to routine background checks
  • Participate in an interview
  • Complete a 35-hour pre-service training
  • Have average computer skills, own a personal computer and have access to the internet

CASA of the Continental Divide offers pre-service volunteer trainings every other month. In this 7-week semi-independent volunteer training curriculum, students complete 5 self-guided sessions and participate in 4 – 3 hour in-person volunteer training sessions. The in-person volunteer training sessions reinforce concepts learned by completing the self-guided sessions. In addition to the pre-service volunteer training, students observe at least 2 courtroom proceedings and participate in the Colorado Mandatory Reporter training.