July 25, 2022 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Ten new Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA volunteers, were sworn in as officers of the court by Fourth Judicial Judge Dennis McGuire during a swearing-in ceremony at the El Paso County Courthouse on Monday.
Congratulations to new CASA volunteers Ashley Davila, Dirk DeWolfe, Lynne Doran, Briana Lindsey, Paul Melcher, Cosme Morales, Teri Ponsot, Alexandra Ridgeway, Megan Sandefur, and Nicole Williams.
After completing 30 hours of training and being sworn in by a judge, these volunteers are now ready to advocate in court and in the community for the best interest of the child (or sibling group) they are assigned to. Kids who benefit from a CASA volunteer are involved with the family court system and child welfare system through no fault of their own, but because they have been abused or neglected.
In a typical twelve-month period, there are 800 kids in the Pikes Peak Region who need a CASA volunteer. Over the past twelve months, CASA was able to provide an advocate for 625 of these kids.
CASA currently seeks more volunteers in order to close that gap and provide a volunteer to EVERY CHILD IN NEED. Anyone interested in learning more about this volunteer role can attend an upcoming volunteer information session on Aug. 3, Aug. 24, or Sept. 7. To RSVP to one of these one-hour sessions, please visit: casappr.org/volunteer