History of CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates

In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information, conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first Court Appointed Special Advocates program has grown a network of more than 955 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states.

2015 CASA-0839In 1984, CASA of Larimer County was founded by Judges William Dressel and John-David Sullivan after they learned about the National CASA program. CASA of Larimer County was the first CASA program in the state of Colorado. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are appointed by judges to represent the best interests of children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. Following an intensive training on all aspects of Dependency & Neglect cases and child abuse, volunteers meet weekly with the children to whom they are appointed.

Volunteers visit with the children weekly, gather information from family members, medical professionals, teachers and therapists, and then make recommendations to the court regarding services for and placement of the children. CASA volunteers commit to stay with each case until it is closed (usually 12-18 months) and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives during this difficult time.

In 2016, 186 children were served by the 64 volunteers of the CASA program.

Location & Hours

Address: Larimer County Justice Center
201 Laporte Avenue, Suite 100
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m.