Eight new CASA volunteers gear up to help abused kids in Pikes Peak Region  

There are about 800 kids in El Paso and Teller Counties who need a CASA volunteer each year due to abuse or neglect. After being sworn in as officers of the court by 4th Judicial District Judge Erin Sokol on Tuesday, eight new CASA volunteers (or Court Appointed Special Advocates) are ready to advocate for some of these kids.

“The children who need our help are involved in the family court and child welfare systems due to being mistreated by people who are supposed to take care of them, people who they love and trust,” said CASA of the Pikes Peak Region Executive Director Angela Rose. “These kids have done nothing wrong. They are the most vulnerable members of our community and it is our duty to stand up for them.”   

Last year, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region had 376 volunteers who advocated for 657 children. More volunteers are needed to provide this life-changing advocacy to every child in need.

Anyone who wants to make a difference for a child in this capacity can learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer at one of these Volunteer Information Sessions:

  • Virtual Info Session on Saturday, March 16th from 10-11
  • In-person Info Session on Tuesday, April 9th from 12-1

RSVP to any CASA Volunteer Information Session here: www.casappr.org/volunteer.

The swearing-in ceremony which took place this week for the eight new volunteers was the final step taken after two weeks of training. Training covered topics like trauma, resiliency, poverty, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the role of the CASA volunteer.

Congratulations new advocates Emily Adams, Karen Oerter, John Chandler, Carolyn Griffis, Tara Johnson, Adam Reents, Louis Lujan, Kathy and Wood.