Would you like to make an impact in the future of a child victim of abuse or neglect? No previous qualifications required; we train compassionate community members to advocate in court for these innocent victims.
“I am for the child who’s had seven addresses in a single year. Because she’s in foster care. Because her father abused her. And because her mother couldn’t believe her. That is the child I am for. And because I am, she will be half as likely to languish in foster care, and that much more likely to find a safe, permanent home. I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.”I am you.
Remember… CASA helps Larimer County invest in our most precious resource: the future of our children. CASA’s goals are to break the cycle of child abuse and to advocate for a safe and supportive environment for the children we serve.
How Important Are CASA Volunteers?
The CASA volunteers’ most important contribution is their regular contact with the child. Every volunteer supports the child, who may be living in an out-of-home placement and is overwhelmed by the complexities of the child welfare system. CASA volunteers monitor a child’s case and recommend a permanent plan for the child’s placement to the court.
In 2019, 317 children were served by the 167 volunteers of the CASA program, which represents only about one-third of abused and neglected children in Larimer County. We need your help to help support all of these children in our community.
Who Can Become a CASA Volunteer?
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. They have a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. No special experience is required. Volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, and commitment. Volunteers must be 21 years of age.
What Type of Training is Required?
Once volunteers have completed the applications, interviews, and background checks, they are required to complete 40 hours of classroom training and 12 hours of annual in-service training. Initial CASA Volunteer training occurs five times a year. Topics include the dynamics of child abuse and neglect; child development; mental health and substance abuse; the legal/child welfare system; communication and negotiation skills; interviewing techniques; community resources; report writing; and handling the special needs of abused and neglected children. Contact Jessica at email@example.com for information on our next training.
What is the Time Commitment?
After training, the average involvement by CASA volunteers is 8-11 hours per month. Volunteers are asked to commit to the program for the length of the case, typically 12-18 months, and to attend 12 hours of in-service training annually.
Where Can I Get More Information?
The first step to getting involved with CASA of Larimer County is to attend a CLC 101 session. These are 30-minute virtual informational sessions where we talk about all that we do at CLC, and ways for you to get involved. Please click on the date you would like to attend to register.
CLC 101 info sessions:
- Monday, July 19th, at 11:30 am
- Monday, August 4th, at 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, August 11th, at 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, August 17th, at 5:30 pm
Find out how you best fit into CASA as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), board members, or complete special projects at the Harmony House for our Supervised Visitation and CASA programs. Come find out how you can make a difference for a child in our community! Click the date above to sign up for a CLC 101 information session. If you have any questions, contact Jessica Van Roekel at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All 101 sessions are held by Zoom invite and are scheduled for 1 hour.
2021 CASA Online Flex-training Schedule:
(Flex-trainings are generally by Zoom or at Realities for Children. Staff will confirm schedules/locations with trainees prior to the start of each training.)
January/February 2021 – Swearing In mid-February
1/20 (Wed) 5:30-9:00 p.m., 1/25 (Mon) 5:30-9:00, 1/27 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 2/1 (Mon) 5:00-9:00
March/April 2021 – Swearing In mid-April
3/24 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 3/29 (Mon) 5:30-9:00, 3/31 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 4/7 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 4/5 (Mon) (Court Night)
May 2021 – Swearing In late May
5/8 (Sat) 8:30 a.m.-noon, 5/11 (Tue) 5:30-9:00, 5/15 (Sat) 8:30 a.m.-noon, 5/18 (Tue) 5:30-9:00
July 2021 – Swearing In beginning of August
7/19 (Mon) 8:30 a.m.-noon, 7/21 (Wed) 8:30 a.m.-noon, 7/26 (Mon) 8:30 a.m.-noon 7/28 (Wed) 8:30 a.m.-noon, 8/3 (Tue) (Court Night)
September 2021 – Swearing in mid-October
9/22 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 9/27 (Mon) 5:30-9:00, 9/29 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 10/4 (Mon) 5:00-9:00
November 2021 – Swearing in late November
11/3 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 11/6 (Sat) 8:30 a.m.-noon, 11/10 (Wed) 5:30-9:00, 11/13 (Sat) 8:30 a.m.-noon, 11/15 (Mon) (Court Night)