Would you like to make an impact in the future of a child victim of abuse or neglect? No previous qualifications required; we train compassionate community members to advocate in court for these innocent victims.
“I am for the child who’s had seven addresses in a single year. Because she’s in foster care. Because her father abused her. And because her mother couldn’t believe her. That is the child I am for. And because I am, she will be half as likely to languish in foster care, and that much more likely to find a safe, permanent home. I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.”
I am you.Remember… CASA helps Larimer County invest in our most precious resource: the future of our children. CASA’s goals are to break the cycle of child abuse and to advocate for a safe and supportive environment for the children we serve.
How Important Are CASA Volunteers?
The CASA volunteers’ most important contribution is their regular contact with the child. Every volunteer supports the child, who may be living in an out-of-home placement and is overwhelmed by the complexities of the child welfare system. CASA volunteers monitor a child’s case and recommend a permanent plan for the child’s placement to the court.
In 2016, 186 children were served by the 64 volunteers of the CASA program, which represents only about one-third of abused and neglected children in Larimer County. We need your help to help support all of these children in our community.
Who Can Become a CASA Volunteer?
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. They have a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. No special experience is required. Volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, and commitment. Volunteers must be 21 years of age.
What Type of Training is Required?
Once volunteers have completed the applications, interviews, and background checks, they are required to complete 40 hours of classroom training and 12 hours of annual in-service training. Initial training occurs three times a year. Topics include the dynamics of child abuse and neglect; child development; mental health and substance abuse; the legal/child welfare system; communication and negotiation skills; interviewing techniques; community resources; report writing; and handling the special needs of abused and neglected children. Contact Annette at 970-377-9445 for information on our next training.
What is the Time Commitment?
After training, the average involvement by CASA volunteers is 8-10 hours per month. Volunteers are asked to commit to the program for the length of the case, typically 12-18 months, and to attend 12 hours of in-service training annually.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Please contact Annette Hoyt at 970-377-9445 or Annette@CASALarimer.com for an application to volunteer with the CASA program.