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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: CASA of the Pikes Peak Region provides a volunteer’s voice in court for child 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 27 years ago, CASA has served more than 13,000 children through all five 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,759 children were served through all five of CASA of the Pikes Peak Region programs.

Geographic areas served: El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado

Programs: There are five programs within CASA of the Pikes Peak Region specifically designed to address the unique needs of child victims of abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. Many families served by CASA utilize resources in multiple programs at the same time. These programs and their components are: 1) The Dependency & Neglect program 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 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 554 children in FY 2015-2016. 2) Supervised Exchange/Parenting Time (SEPT) is a court-ordered service protecting children from witnessing parental disputes during exchanges and provides for supervised visits to non-custodial parents in high-conflict custody or domestic violence cases. This program gives children a neutral, safe setting in which to have parenting time with both parents. Served 182 children in FY 2015-2016 through 117 exchanges and 2,279 visits. 3) Milton Foster Children’s Fund (MFCF) provides all foster children with opportunities not funded through other agencies, including scholarships for specialized education, sports and recreation activities, and unmet medical and dental needs, among others. The Hanger (a project within MFCF) is a store where teens in foster care can shop for donated clothes and accessories, gain work experience, and participate in life skills workshops to prepare them for aging out of the foster care system. All funds are allocated by a volunteer committee based on established criteria and an application process. MFCF served 920 children and foster youth in FY 2015-2016. 4) Life Long Links (LLL) program is a service locating and connecting extended family and other supportive individuals to children in the foster care system. CASA volunteers conduct a nation-wide search and family finding process to build a network of stable, caring connections and potential safe and permanent placement options for foster children. Served 103 children/youth in FY 2015-2016. 5) The Children and Families in Transition (C-FIT) Program educates parents about the effects of divorce on children. The seminar also instructs 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 (El Paso and Teller Counties). Served 2,809 parents in FY 2015-2016.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

LatigoEmily

Donor

Rating: 4

I recently attended a CASA luncheon and the staff was very welcoming. The program touched my heart so. Thank you for the great work you're doing the the Pikes Peak Region.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Lori N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Vicki20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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........

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.