CASA Of The Pikes Peak Region, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Crime & Law

Location: 701 S Cascade Ave Colorado Spgs CO 80903 USA

Mission: CASA of the Pikes Peak Region provides a volunteer’s voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or domestic conflict and promotes community awareness of these issues to ensure safe and permanent homes.
Results: Since its inception over 21 years ago, CASA has served more than 6,000 children through all of our programs.
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.
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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When youth are at the lowest and mostly difficult points in there lives, that's when CASA steps in. CASA is a voice for youth who may not be heard otherwise. The work that CASA does truly makes a difference. In years of volunteering, I've never felt more supported than I have by the CASA staff.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a professional working relationship with CASA. I have seen first hand the dedication and compassion the CASA employees towards their mission. This is a special organization to have in our community. They contribute to the lives of children as well as enhance the community with well-trained volunteers, an active and hard working Board, and provide the non-profit sector with an outstanding and efficiently managed non-profit.

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Of the many meaningful and worthwhile volunteer roles I have undertaken over the years, being a CASA has been the most rewarding of all. When no one else is there for a child – we are. When no one else seems to care – we do. When there seems to be no hope for their future – we offer it. Be being there unfailingly and unconditionally, by speaking up for them when no one else will, a CASA volunteer truly changes lives – one child at a time. Not only that, but CASA volunteers are supported by an amazingly dedicated, supportive and professional staff. CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is very highly respected in the region and I feel privileged to be affiliated with an organizaton that is a shining light for over 900 children a year!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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2012

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I was looking for a volunteer job where I could make a difference for needy children. I had no background in social work nor law. I was therefore looking for an opportunity that would provide comprehensive training and ongoing education. WOW! Did I ever find the right place. And to top it off the staff is absolutely first rate. Their entire focus is supporting the volunteer to help the kids! You rock CASA!!!

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Definitely

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A lot

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is a strong organization that is dedicated to the children in our area. The mission to be able to speak for and support every child in the court system is so important. Often, the CASA advocate is the only person looking out for the child's best interest. I am go glad to be a part of this organization.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently became a CASA volunteer and am so impressed by this organization and them standing up for the voice of the child in a court case. So often the childs wishes are not heard and that is what CASA is there for to make sure that the children are in the best situation possible when there are problems in their family structure. Having adopted 2 children from the foster care system several years ago, I felt this was another way to give back and hopefully to make a difference in the life of a child. This is a great and caring organization!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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2012

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Being a CASA means not only advocating for a child, but it involves learning more about myself and my capacity for compassion and understanding.

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Some

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Quite well

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Being a CASA has changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to really do something for a child who has no one else to speak up for them, advocate for them, stick by them, and not give up. There is nothing a child could ever do that warrants being abused and neglected, but it happens daily to innocent, vulnerable children. CASAs are often the only person involved in a child's case who is there from the beginning until the child is permanently placed in a loving, safe home. There are many worthwhile ways to volunteer your time, but being a CASA is an opportunity to impact the life of a child in an incredibly important and dynamic way. This is the most meaningful thing, besides raising my own children, that I've ever done. Sadly, there are many children waiting right now for a CASA........

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

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CASA is so committed to advocating for children. I have been amazed by their diligence, compassion and discipline. They are a wonderful resource to our community and to our future. - Benjamin H.

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I became involved in CASA through a friend who introduced me to the organization through its Light of Hope event in 2003. I became a board member in 2006, and have been honored and privileged to serve in several capacities ever since. I truly believe in CASA's mission. The needs of abused and neglected kids in our region are immense, and CASA, through its amazing volunteers and staff, works diligently to provide safe and permanent homes for this very special segment of our population.

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