CASA is pleased to announce that fifteen new volunteers who were sworn in as officers of the court by 4th Judicial District Judge William Bain during a swearing-in ceremony over Zoom on Friday.
The swearing-in ceremony was the final step taken by these community members after 30 hours of training which covered topics like trauma, resiliency, poverty, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the role of the CASA volunteer.
Now, as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), these volunteers will be appointed to open Dependency & Neglect cases by a judge so that they may speak up for abused or neglected children and ensure that each child’s best interest remains front and center during court proceedings. These volunteers will be a steady and trusted presence for children who, due to no fault of their own, must navigate the child welfare system.
Congratulations new CASA Volunteers: Sabrina Amezuca-Fumagalli, Travis Fanning, Larry Finkel, Ruth Gibbs, Ashley Harmes, Nancy Henderlong, Tonya Kent, Genevieve LaMaire, Sydney Lasser, John Morris, Ryan Navarre, Kyla Ramsey, Rasheed Masai, Natila Satchell, and William Strouse
In a twelve-month period, there are about 900 kids in the Pikes Peak Region who need a CASA volunteer. Many of these children are in foster care and would benefit from a CASA volunteer to advocate for their best interest. CASA is actively recruiting new volunteers to fill these roles. Anyone who is interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer should attend an upcoming Volunteer Information Session. RSVPs are required. The next available sessions are:
- 7 from 12-1 in person at the CASA office
- 5 from 12-1 in person at the CASA office
- 25 from 12-1 over Zoom
To RSVP for any of these sessions, please visit www.casappr.org.