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CASA Of The Pikes Peak Region, Inc.

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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 30 years ago, CASA has served more than 18,000 children through all 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,100 children were served through all four of CASA of the Pikes Peak Region programs.

Geographic areas served: El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado

Programs: There are four 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, research new family members, 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 715 children in FY 2018-2019. 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 167 children/114 families in FY 2018-2019 through 104 exchanges and 2,358 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 972 children and foster youth in FY 2018-2019. 4) 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 3,007 parents in FY 2018-2019.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rochelle S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Witnessing a new dad precariously holding his infant son for the first time was a little nerve wracking. Each week when he came for his court ordered supervised visit, he was more confident as he bonded with the child. Over the next four years they delighted in playing with each other during these visits. CASA of the Pikes Peak region provides the supervision and facility that make these visits possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CASA employees are dedicated professionals and support their volunteers above and beyond.

Kieshia M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently become a CASA volunteer and let me just say wow. The women and men who run the facility are amazing. They care so much and are so eager to teach others in the community about our communities needs. I feel so much love and compassion flowing out of the office. I so honored to be apart of such an incredible organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The commitment, dedication and compassion of the 200+ volunteer advocates who work tirelessly to provide a voice for children is incredible, and the quality of the staff and volunteers is outstanding. As a result, hundreds of children in the Pikes Peak region each year find a safe and nurturing permanent home - in a majority of cases, with their immediate or extended family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CASA works so hard at finding relatives who are willing to hep with the foster child. Recently, with the help of Jillian Wiker, I was able to find potential permanent placements for two children from different families who are currently in foster care. CASA has access to public records that helped me, a Life Long Links volunteer, find these relatives through phone records and Face Book. Relatives are the best option for placing foster children as they provide the biological link that will help them feel they really belong and can be successful throughout their life.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.