Effective January 4, El Paso County moved to Level Orange from Level Red on the state’s COVID-19 dial. This change means new protocol at the CASA office and for all CASA programs as we continue to follow the guidelines set by the CDC, Colorado Department of Health, and the 4th Judicial District.
CASA is dedicated to continuing its mission throughout this pandemic, and we are currently making the following changes to help ensure that our volunteers, staff, and the families we serve remain healthy and safe during this time:
PROTOCOL FOR VISITING THE CASA OFFICE
The CASA office is currently open at 25% capacity. We ask you to please avoid coming to the CASA office. If you must be physically present at the office, please make an appointment. The following protocol is now in place in regards to meetings:
- All visitors will be asked health screening questions upon arriving at the building. If it is determined that the visitor needs to enter the building, they will be required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.
- Due to limited in-person staff availability, the office will be closed during lunch hours.
- All volunteer interviews will continue to take place virtually.
- All meetings between CASA volunteers and staff members will be conducted virtually only.
- All pre-service and in-service training will be conducted virtually.
THE HANGER/MILTON FOSTER CHILDREN’S FUND
- Hanger shopping will be open by appointment only on Fridays and Saturdays beginning on January 15th.
- Hanger donations will be accepted between 11 and 2 on Mondays only and should be dropped off at The Hanger door in the back of the CASA office.
- Curbside pickup can be arranged for emergency needs. For emergency needs at The Hanger OR through the Kids’ Closet, please use the contact page to get in touch with Jill Cheetham, let her know what you need, and arrange a curbside pickup.
- The Milton Foster Children’s Fund committee will continue to meet virtually to review funding applications.
INFORMATION FOR D&N ADVOCATES
- With the move from Level Red to Level Orange, effective January 11, advocates may conduct in-person visits with the children and families on their cases. The use of masks and social distancing is required. Virtual visits are still an option and in-person visits are not required. The type of visit is dependent upon the comfort level of the advocate, as well as the child and caregivers.
- Advocates should not transport the children on their cases at this time. This remains in effect until further notice.
- El Paso County Combined Courts is operating all virtual/telephone dockets, except for emergency matters, such as protection orders, ERPO’s, 129(4)s, etc. This is expected to last until at least Feb. 5, 2021. This page will updated as information changes.
INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES & VOLUNTEERS IN THE SEPT PROGRAM
- In El Paso County, all SEPT visits will remain virtual until January 15th, and planning will take place for a slow reintegration of in-person visits beginning January 19th. There will be a maximum of two families visiting at a time.
- All new client orientations will take place virtually in El Paso County.
- El Paso County SEPT volunteers will not be utilized until in-person visits are resumed.
- The Teller County SEPT Program will maintain normal operations for as long as Teller County remains at Level Orange. Families will be prepared for a move to virtual visits should the county move to Level Red at a later time.
- Because all court hearings have been transitioned to virtual through February 5, the January in-person CFIT class is cancelled. Please click here to view the online option.
CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT HOTLINE
The children CASA serves could be extra vulnerable during the pandemic. It is very important that everyone report their concerns about the safety and well-being of a child or teen by calling the Child Abuse Hotline (1-844-CO-4-Kids).