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    CASA Spotlight: Erin

    Here at CASA of Larimer County, we’re constantly amazed by the creativity and commitment of our volunteers. We know that for many children and youth in the foster care system, their CASA volunteer is the one stable adult in their life. We also know that the connection those kiddos feel to their CA…Read More

  2. Working Together Works

    Across both of our child-serving programs, positive outcomes for children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect is paramount. Over the past year, we've implemented new strategies within our programs to better support the kids we serve, and build better supports for their families, the vol…Read More

  3. Rebuilding Broken Bonds

    After not seeing her dad for several months, a young child was nervous about doing a supervised visit with him. When it came time for the visit, she decided she wasn't ready and choose to not see her dad. Her brother did the supervised visit and had a really fun time. The following week the little g…Read More

  4. Gaining Independence as a Foster Youth

    When a CASA was requested for Dylan, a 17 year-old, the Guardian ad Litem warned that he would be difficult to engage and this would be a tough case for a CASA. She described Dylan as being completely checked out, disinterested in school, friends, and other activities. Ashley was undeterred.  When …Read More

  5. Nurturing Families by Empowering Parents

    Last fall, the Harmony House case management team began piloting a new service-- a parent education program called Nurturing Skills for Families. The purpose of the program is to help families flourish by providing them skills and knowledge to help them parent more successfully. Parents work one-on-…Read More

  6. Finding a Family for a 12 year-old

    Johnny* entered foster care when he was three years old, after both of his parents were incarcerated. He was adopted by his grandma but reentered the system at 12 years old when she passed away. After several placements over only six months, Johnny was sent to a residential treatment center. Because…Read More

  7. The Missing Link

    Jamie was nervous about becoming a CASA volunteer. She didn't have a background in Human Services or lots of experience with kids, but she wanted to help. Would she really be able to make a difference for the children on her case? She didn't have to wait long to find out. Jamie was assigned to a cas…Read More

  8. Advocating Beyond the Courtroom

    When substance abuse and domestic violence made their home unsafe, two sisters (ages 12 and 7) were removed and placed with their grandparents. Their grandparents were in very poor health and unable to drive, which made managing the trauma and transition extra challenging for the children. The 12 ye…Read More

  9. Quality Time in a Safe Environment

    After criminal charges for her substance abuse, Angie was referred to Harmony House for supervised visitations with her children. She had several pending trials and was just getting sober. She and the children's father did not get along and were constantly in court fighting over custody. Visitations…Read More

  10. From Listening to Advocating

    Glenda is a CASA volunteer serving on her third case.  "There is a saying, 'Be who you needed when you were younger.' That's why I advocate," says Glenda. Like many of our CASA volunteers, she has been a fierce advocate and in this month's mission moment, we share her story that exemplifies what it…Read More

  11. Ben’s Journey Home

    6 year-old Ben had already been through a lot when Jennifer was assigned as his CASA. Placed in foster care because his parents couldn’t adequately provide for his safety, Ben exhibited a lot of behavioral issues as a result of trauma he had endured during his first years of life. Shortly after be…Read More

  12. A Love for the Great Outdoors

    If you look at him today, you might describe 11-year-old Sam as a bright eyed and adventurous little boy. And while that may be true now, that has not always been the case. Sam spent most of his younger years scared. Not only did he grow up in a home where drinking was the norm, his parents also suf…Read More