18,476. That’s how many children have been helped by CASA of the Pikes Peak Region since the organization’s inception in 1989.
It was three decades ago that El Pomar Foundation provided funding for the Junior League of Colorado Springs to open CASA’s doors in the El Paso County Courthouse. CASA served 43 children in that first year, with one part time employee and 21 volunteers.
The years since have seen CASA expand into Teller County, draft state legislation to prevent siblings from being separated when possible, and open The Hanger to meet the unique needs of local teens.
From a single room in the courthouse to the old Maytag Building on Cascade, and from the Maytag Building to its present day location on the south side of downtown, CASA has grown along with Colorado Springs and has changed countless lives along the way.
CASA now operates four programs. In addition to its flagship Dependency & Neglect (AKA advocacy) program, the nonprofit hosts visits for children and non-custodial parents through its Supervised Exchange & Parenting Time (SEPT) program, provides enrichment opportunities and life skills classes for foster children through its Milton Foster Children’s Fund (MFCF) program, and educates parents about the effects of divorce on children through its Children & Families in Transition (CFIT) program.
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