CASA Of The Pikes Peak Region, Inc. Overview
Target demographics: CASA’s target population is any child, age 0-18 years and living in the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller Counties), in need of our services. All cases served by CASA are appointed to the organization by the court.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: CASA has many volunteer opportunities. For those with limited time you can help provide support in the office, on the Board of Directors and organizational committees, as well as in the coordination and implementation of special events.
Geographic areas served: El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado
Programs: There are five programs within the CASA of the Pikes Peak Region organization specifically designed to address the unique needs of child victims of abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict. Many of our families utilize services in multiple programs at the same time. This continuum of services provides greater safety, oversight, and tools for the family success. These programs and their activities are:
1) The Dependency and Neglect Program (for which this grant is written) entails advocating for abused and neglected children in the court system. Cases involve physical, emotional or sexual abuse or emotional neglect. Volunteers assigned to cases visit the child frequently; meet with the professionals involved in the case (teachers, therapists, and attorneys, for example); monitor compliance with court orders; attend hearings; “speak up” for the child in court and write objective reports to the court about the information they have gathered. These reports clarify issues and keep cases moving. Served 348 children in FY 2009-2010.
2) The Domestic Relations Program addresses the needs of children involved in high conflict custody disputes. Volunteers ensure expedient attention to a child’s needs; visit the child frequently; meet with the professionals involved in the case; monitor compliance with court orders; facilitate parenting time; report to the court and direct the child and family to appropriate community resources. Served 125 children in FY 2009-2010.
3) The Supervised Exchange/Parenting Time Program is a court-ordered service to protect children from witnessing parental disputes during which Exchange Program volunteers oversee the transfer of children from one parent to another in conflictive custody or domestic violence cases. Served 340 children in FY 2009-2010 through 688 exchanges and 3,237 visits.
4) The Children and Families in Transition (C-FIT) Program educate parents about the effects of divorce on children. The seminar also educates parents about the legal aspects of custody arrangements, the negative effects of parental conflict on children and is mandatory for all divorcing parents in the Fourth Judicial District. Served 3,402 parents in FY 2009-2010.
Milton Foster Children’s Fund (MFCF) was started as a separate 501(c) (3) in 1979 as a way to provide foster children opportunities not funded through other agencies. These needs include scholarships for sports and recreation, specialized education and unmet medical needs among others. In October of 2000, the FCF board decided to dissolve and asked CASA to take the fund under their umbrella. Funds are allocated by a committee based on established criteria and an application procedure. Served 73 children in FY 2009-2010.
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