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.

CASA of the Continental Divide marks 20 years of helping abuse victims with harrowing, inspiring stories

Speaking with confidence and grace, Jewel Arledge stood before a roomful of people Wednesday night at the Silverthorne Pavilion and recounted the hell that was her childhood. Now 20, Arledge works two jobs as she takes classes full-time at Red Rocks Community College. She’ll soon transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she’ll pursue [...]

Charity Spotlight: CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates

A Big Thank You to Slifer, Smith and Frampton!   For their kind feature of CASA of the Continental Divide in their most recent Local's Perspective Newsletter.   Your Support Means the World! Charity Spotlight: CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates Slifer Smith & Frampton is proud to support our local charities through our SSF [...]

Liam’s Story – Episode 2

The Story of Liam as he ages out of the Foster Care System. In this episode Liam’s met the girl of his dreams! But how will she react when he tries to talk to her?

Liam’s Story

Follow Liam’s Journey as he ages out of the foster care system. Richard Wisker stars in this exclusive web series, charting his quest for fame and fortune. Written by Matt Evans.

Volunteering: The Perfect New Year’s Resolution

Volunteering Makes the Perfect New Years Resolution. Volunteering makes the perfect New Years Resolution because volunteerism provides countless benefits for community, and the health and happiness of people who commit to sharing themselves as a volunteer. Here are just a few reasons to sign up to volunteer today: 1. Volunteering has been linked with increased levels of happiness [...]

June 2016

In This Issue Hoe Down Golf Tournament Supervision Schedule Continuing Education 2nd Annual Hoe Down on August 4, 2016 Join us for an evening of fun for the entire family. Enjoy BBQ, dancing, games, and silent auction. Tickets go on sale June 15th. Call CASA for more information 970-513-9390. 10th Annual Golf Tournament Many thanks [...]

May 2016

In This Issue Welcome New Volunteers! Golf Tournament Supervision Walk for Heart Health On the Horizon Trainings Welcome New Volunteers!!! CASA welcomes our new volunteers Claudine Norden, Allison Dibrell, and Chad Washer (left to right) photographed here along with Judge Romeo. The new volunteers worked diligently to train for this position. They were sworn in [...]

April 2016

In This Issue National Child Abuse Prevention Month On the Horizon Volunteer Appreciation Dinner New Volunteer Training Become a Mentor April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month April showers bring May flowers! April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. One way we can reduce child abuse is to develop a strong community. Communities have [...]

March 2016

In This Issue UNC Survey National Social Work Month Supervision dates VOCA Grant (office update) Volunteers & Spring Training What's your Time Worth UNC Survey University of Northern Colorado researchers are studying the relationship between school and placement stability and educational outcomes for students in foster care. As part of this study, UNC reached out [...]

February 2016

In This Issue The Colorado Grand Grant Welcome Volunteers! Thank You Volunteers Excellence in Practice Awards Volunteer Supervision New Training Website CASA Receives Grant from The Colorado Grand! The Colorado Grand is an annual charity tour that feature sports & race cars from before 1960. 2016 marks the 28th anniversary for this great event, which [...]

January 2016

In This Issue Volunteers Celebrate Togetherness Press Release Supervision Dates Interview TV 8 New Volunteer Training Current Volunteer Trainings 6 Month Reunion Nurturing Friendships Left to Right: Erin Gallimore, Amy Gish, Andi Liebowitz, Cindy Holdens, and Lizzy Anderson (in the middle). Volunteers who trained with CASA during 2015 smile as they celebrate their 6 month [...]

December 2015

In This Issue Happy Holidays Volunteer Staff Party Volunteer Training Opportunities Group Supervision Colorado Gives Day Volunteer Training Toys for CASA Children Happy Holidays! Warmest wishes to all of our volunteers, supporters, families and fellow community members! CASA Volunteer Staff Party! Hosted by Lizzy Anderson When: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 6:00 PM Where: 0311 Alpine, [...]

November 2015

November at CASACD Jean Becker-Sullivan and Allison Bustin are in full swing at the CASA office, and looking forward to working with the CASA community! Resources and Trainings Compassion Fatigue, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma: Part 2 This is a recording of a 3 part series from a CASA program out of Oakland, CA. The speaker [...]

October 2015 Newsletter

October CASACD Office Changes. View this email in your browser October at CASACD. There will be some big changes in the CASA office this month! Hannah Olszewski is leaving her post as Advocate Manager. She will be having another baby boy in February to her busy. Hannah appreciates her time on staff with CASACD and [...]

September 2015 at CASACD

September 2015 at CASA of the Continental Divide Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. September 2015 Above: Guests of the 1st CASACD Hoe Down at Keystone Stables enjoyed an evening of line dancing, BBQ, S'mores, horse riding and more!  The event was a great success and we hope to do it [...]

August 2015 CASACD Newsletter

August 2015 at CASA of the Continental Divide Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. August 2015 Above: Joy Chandler and Mary Ann Leake of Clear Creek County are recognized for their outstanding contribution as CASA volunteers.  They are pictured with Clear Creek County Commissioners, Phil Buckland, Tom Hayden, and Tim Mauck. [...]

July 2015 CASACD Newsletter

July 2015 at CASA of the Continental Divide Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. July 2015 Current Volunteer Trainings All Children, All Families  This Webinar Watch this National CASA webinar to develop a greater understanding of the strengths, challenges and value of LGBTQ adults, parents and families, what they can offer [...]

June 2015 at CASACD

June 2015 9th Annual Golf Tournament June 25th, 2015 The Club at Cordillera CASA of the Continental Divide is excited to announce that our 9th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday June 25, 2015. Continuing with our tradition of stunning venues, this year’s tournament will be held at The Club at Cordillera – Summit Course [...]

May 2015 CASACD Newsletter

CASA CD NEWS Trainings Available Adolescents and Substance Use Studies show that exposure to alcohol and drugs during adolescence may interrupt the natural course of brain maturation and key processes of brain development. There’s evidence that suggests brain development may be more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol during adolescence, as well. The impact of [...]

April 2015 CASACD Newsletter

Above: CASACD offers books and toys for our volunteers to distribute to the children served. CASA CD NEWS Recruitment Contest with PRIZE! New Volunteer training starts April 16.  We need 12 trainees to attend.  You can help and win a $25 Visa Gift Card. If you know a person who you feel that would be good Child Advocate Volunteer, [...]

March 2015 at CASACD

CASA CD NEWS Recruitment Contest with PRIZE! New Volunteer training starts April 16.  We need 12 trainees to attend.  You can help and win a $25 Visa Gift Card. If you know a person who you feel that would be good Child Advocate Volunteer, refer them to us!  You can send the person’s contact information to us [...]

January 2015 at CASACD

January at CASA of the Continental Divide Below: Grace McLellan-Banks gets sworn-in as a CASA by Judge Wayne Patton CASA CD NEWS Trainings Available CASA CD Flex Training January 15 - Feb 19. Evening sessions from 6-9. Location to be determined. Join our new trainees on Thursdays for a refresher course on a number of [...]

December 2014 at CASACD

CASA CD NEWS Trainings Available CASA CD Flex Training January 15 - Feb 19. Evening sessions from 6-9. Location to be determined. Join our new trainees on Thursdays for a refresher course on a number of our child advocate training.  Contact our office for a schedule of topics.  admin@www.mtncasa.org or 970-513-9390. Trauma 101  December 2 or [...]

November 2014

CASACD NEWS Trainings Available Fostering Colorado Presents "Trust Based Relational Intervention" (TBRI) November 13th from 9am to noon Trust Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI®) is a parenting and intervention model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development. TBRI® is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological [...]

October 2014 Newsletter

We are currently training 4 new volunteers with our new Flex Learning Curriculum!  Our next training begins October 29th, so spread the word! Free Trainings Available Fostering Futures - Part 1: Dillon, CO. October 1 from 5:45-8pm. CASA Office room 101. This will be part of the National CASA e-learning module as well.  We will discuss how a [...]

September 2014 Newsletter

Open Cases That Need CASA's Clear Creek County: Two boys ages 1 and 5. Placed in Longmont, CO Lake County: One male boy age 2. Placed in Leadville, CO Optima Updates Activity Logs - As you fill out your contact/activity logs on your cases, you will have fewer activity types to choose from. If you [...]

August 2014 Newsletter

CASACD Office Changes The time has come...Lynn, our office manager, has sold her house to move to the front range. We will miss the great work she has done for us in the office but, again, wish her luck in all her future endeavors. Renie Krummel has started in her place. Renie worked at 1st [...]

June 2014 Newsletter

Benefit Golf Tournament July 2014 The 8th annual golf tournament benefiting CASA of the Continental Divide will be held this year at The Club at Cordillera Valley Course in Edwards. The tournament will be Monday, July 14. Entry fee is $300 per person or $1200 per foresome. Entry fee includes 18 holes, lunch, silent auction [...]

March / April 2014 Newsletter

Spring CASA Volunteer Training The next training session for prospective CASA volunteers will begin Saturday, April 26, at the CASACD Dillon office. To maintain enough CASA volunteers to serve all the needy children in our district, and to replace CASA volunteers who have moved away, etc, we need to train about 20 new volunteers annually. [...]

February 2014 Newsletter

Magic in the Mountains Jason Bishop, America's Hottest illusionist brings his show to the Keystone Conference Center on March 22, at 6:30pm, to benefit CASA of the Continental Divide. Jason Bishop might have a person passing through his body one moment or make goldfish appear from nowhere the next. Bishop is an international award-winning illusionist [...]

January 2014 Newsletter

Hello / Goodbye for Advocate Managers We have a new advocate manager in the office! Ron Besser is taking over for many cases, mostly in Lake and Clear Creek counties. Ron moved to Breckenridge with his wife and two-year-old son about three months ago from Denver, where he received his Master of Divinity degree from [...]

December 2013 Newsletter

New Volunteers We have four new volunteer advocates this Fall! Mary Ann Leake of Evergreen, David Keller of Silverthorne, Jim Hesse of Frisco, and Jessica Stroeve of Frisco. CASACD is thankful for these wonderful new additions! For more information on how to get involved with CASA of the Continental Divide, go to www.mtncasa.org or call [...]

November 2013 Newsletter

New Volunteer Sworn-In Debra Michaud – CASA Volunteer – Summit County In Lake County on October 2, Debra Michaud was sworn in as a CASA volunteer and friend of the court by Judge Thomas Moorehead. Debra went through CASA volunteer training last spring and has a diverse background including nursing, mediation and two adult children [...]

October 2013 Newsletter

New Member Sworn In Debra Michaud – CASA Volunteer – Summit County In Lake County on October 2, Debra Michaud was sworn in as a CASA volunteer and friend of the court by Judge Thomas Moorehead. Debra went through CASA volunteer training last spring and has a diverse background including nursing, mediation and two adult [...]

September 2013 Newsletter

Nels Hinderlie – CASA Volunteer Highlight – Eagle County What made you decide to become a volunteer with CASA? For several years, I was seeking a program or cause where I could use my interests and experience of working with families and children in our area. A friend of mine who was a CASA suggested [...]

August 2013 Special Edition Newsletter

Note From the Director CASA volunteers, Thank you so much for all you do! I know that all of you give so much of your time and energy to the abused and neglected children of our counties. I want you to know that we in the office know that we are asking you to attend [...]

July 2013 Newsletter

Volunteer Highlight Joanie McMullan: Helping five children leave the horrors of their past behind them. Thank you to Child Advocates San Antonio (TX) and Joanie McMullan for sharing this story with us. I took on my second CASA case six months ago. It’s been my privilege, as a volunteer, to help these five children leave [...]