CASA

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children involved in the court system to help secure a permanent, safe home.

CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to work first, last and always in the best interest of the child at the heart of a case. 

CASA of Weld County serves children in the 19th Judicial District, Weld County, Colorado. Entering the court system can be a confusing and frightening experience for abused and neglected children. This is where CASA plays an integral role.

 

CASA Volunteers

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Pass the required background checks
  • Provide three references
  • Make a commitment to serve as a CASA for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Be willing to donate approximately 10-12 hours per month
  • Attend and complete 30 hours of training provided by the CASA Program
  • Attend 12 hours of continuing education sessions per year
  • Maintain strict confidentiality
  • Maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with children, parents, and all other parties involved in the case
  • Possess written and verbal skills

Volunteer Training

Volunteers are carefully screened and must complete training before being sworn in by the judge and before being assigned to a case. Volunteer training is held twice per year.

Volunteer Duties

Once assigned to a case, volunteers make phone calls, and visit with the child, family members, therapists, caseworkers, attorneys, teachers and others involved in the child’s life. Volunteers attend court hearings and meetings on behalf of the child and advocate for the child’s best interest. They prepare written reports for the court which describe the information gathered and recommendations for securing a permanent, safe home for the child. Staff closely supervise each case and are available to assist and advise the volunteers as needed.

Become a CASA