February 11, 2020 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Twelve community volunteers were sworn in as officers of the court by Magistrate Dennis McGuire during a CASA of the Pikes Peak Region swearing-in ceremony at the El Paso County Combined Courts on Monday.

“You are going to be a lifeline for a young man or a young woman,” Magistrate McGuire told the volunteers just before they took the oath.

The swearing-in ceremony was the final step for becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and it happened after the volunteers completed CASA’s two-week training course which covers topics like trauma, resiliency, poverty, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the role of the CASA volunteer.

These volunteers are now ready to walk alongside children in the Pikes Peak Region during their time in the child welfare system. Each volunteer will be assigned to an open Dependency & Neglect case so that they may speak up for and advocate for the child or children on that case.

At any given time, there are approximately 830 children in the Pikes Peak Region who need a CASA volunteer to be a consistent and safe presence in their lives. Thanks to the newest class of CASA volunteers, twelve more children will benefit from this important service.

Congratulations to our new advocates! From top left in group photo: Kristin Barto, Jameson Carle, Tara Danks, Daniel Foote, Kory Gibson, Christye Gonzalez, Lisa Hathaway, Brianna Moore, Anthony Munsey, Mandy Pair, Cheyenne Raforth, Kimberly Rossbach, Magistrate Dennis McGuire

CASA is still looking for more volunteers to stop the cycle of abuse and change the world one child at a time. Interested parties can visit www.casappr.org for more information.