CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is an inclusive and accepting organization that is committed to serve fully all children and families in need.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Pikes Peak Region is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization serving El Paso County and Teller County that trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of our most vulnerable citizens – victims of child abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court and in the community. The desired result is that children are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive.
We offer a variety of programs and services designed to meet the special needs of vulnerable children. Among them are the: Dependency and Neglect Program; Domestic Relations Program; Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program (SEPT).
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region serves approximately 900 children per year, but hundreds are still waiting for volunteer advocacy.
At a Glance:
- CASA helps ensure that abused children get out of the child welfare and legal systems and into safe and permanent homes more quickly than they would otherwise.
- CASA promotes early intervention to stop the cycle of generational abuse.
- CASA intervention…
- offers abused and neglected children the opportunity to thrive in safe and permanent homes;
- interrupts possible delinquent and criminal behaviors, which often take root in abusive and unstable homes;
- adds to true “quality of life.” CASA advocacy gives abused and neglected children the opportunity to become contributors – assets to the community rather than deficits.
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region provides a volunteer’s voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or domestic conflict and promotes community awareness of these issues to ensure safe and permanent homes.
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region ensures safe environments and lasting homes where children in need can thrive.
Statement of Purpose
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region was founded to train volunteers as advocates for victimized children and to educate the community about abuse and neglect.
Through comprehensive training programs, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region educates a carefully screened and selected group of volunteers about child abuse, neglect, and domestic relations conflicts. They learn about the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, child development, advocating within the court system, the roles of the Department of Human Services, the judicial system, and many of the community resources available to children and families involved in these cases. The volunteers continue their training through regular in-services that provide additional information and support.
The volunteers, or CASAs, appointed by the Court, generally work on one case at a time. They provide the families and victims of child abuse, neglect, and domestic conflict with information on court procedures, community resources, and support. CASAs monitor the court-ordered treatment plan to assure positive progress is being made and to assess if the children can be returned home. They write reports to the court, speak up in court and make recommendations as to the child’s best interest. They provide factual, unbiased information to the Court about the child’s and family’s situation and progress, enabling the Court to make more informed decisions in the best interest of the child.
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region educates the community about factors contributing to child abuse, neglect, and domestic conflicts, and how involved individuals can positively impact efforts to end this cycle.