Mission: Advocates for Children's mission is to help all children dream, thrive, and grow with a sense of belonging and empowerment to build a successful future.
Results: In 2014, Advocates for Children managed 308 CASA volunteers serving over 850 children. Last year, our CASA volunteers donated 18,489 hours, drove 124,461 miles, and made 38,101 contacts with family members, teachers, doctors, therapists, and other professionals on the case. CASAs also facilitated 892 parent/child visits and 143 sibling visits, which are important for children to maintain family bonds. The donated time, money and mileage by our CASAs is valued at $1,041,253 – an enormous benefit to the court, the community, and the children we serve.
Target demographics: abused and neglected children from infants through emancipation
Direct beneficiaries per year: 850 children in 2014
Geographic areas served: Colorado's 18th Judicial District, including Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties
Programs: Advocates for Children matches community volunteers with children who are victims of abuse and neglect. After extensive training, these Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA volunteers are appointed by the courts to act as independent investigators and work with the other professionals on the case to determine what is in the best interest of these children. Our volunteers spend time with the children weekly, talk with the people involved in the children’s lives, such as parents, foster parents, teachers, doctors and therapists, and serve as a consistent and caring adult during a chaotic time. They report their observations and recommendations to the judge, who uses this information to make decisions about where a child should live and what kinds of services and treatment are necessary to help a child overcome the trauma experienced. CASAs also help connect families to community resources and provide children with opportunities to participate in fun activities that can help them feel “normal” again.