CASA in the News
December 29, 2020
Court appointed volunteer advocates help keep kids in crisis safe during pandemic
Trained volunteers who advocate for victims of child abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict have a big order to fill, and it didn’t end with the onset of a global pandemic. Read the article.
December 9, 2020
Give! 2020: Milton Foster Children's Fund
The coronavirus pandemic has increased participation in CASA for children in foster care and facing the court system. Through the Milton Foster Children’s Fund, CASA provides youth in foster care with enrichment and educational opportunities, typically not available through other agencies, that help them build the self-esteem and resiliency needed to become healthy, contributing adults. Watch the segment.
November 21, 2020
Clothing drive for teens in foster care
Shopping for clothes may seem like a simple task, but for a teen in foster care, it's often impossible. Whether it's due to a lack of income, or even a parent to accompany them, these teens usually have to end up wearing hand-me-downs. Watch the segment about a clothing drive for The Hanger at CASA.
November 6, 2020
CASA advocates for children in crisis
For more than 30 years, volunteers with CASA of the Pikes Peak Region have served in courts as a voice for abused and neglected children, helping them find loving homes. Read the article.
October 26, 2020
Nonprofit CASA of the Pikes Peak Region swears in new volunteers, seeks new ones
Eight community volunteers were sworn in as officers of the court by Fourth Judicial District Court Chief Judge William Bain during a CASA of the Pikes Peak Region swearing-in ceremony held virtually via Zoom on Friday. Read the article.
October 24, 2020
CASA looking for more child advocates amid COVID-19
As the number of kids in the child welfare system continues to grow amid COVID-19, One local organization is asking for volunteers to help guide and comfort them through the process. Watch the segment.
October 20, 2020
CASA virtual Light of Hope North fundraising event to be held Oct. 27.
CASA launched the Light of Hope North to raise funds to support programs for victims of child abuse and neglect in Colorado Springs. This year’s fundraising event will be held at noon on Oct. 27 and will feature Loretta, a teen who struggled with homelessness, during the livestreamed event. Read the article.
October 20, 2020
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Pikes Peak Region helps abuse victims thrive
At times disturbing, the story of Loretta is sparked by the power of connection of a teenager to a woman who gave the gift of time. Thrust into the life of a child who had been homeless since the age of 6, Cori McCoy met Loretta as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Read more the article.
October 1, 2020
"The Extra" with Shannon Brinias
CASA's Angela Rose and Howard Black joined host Shannon Brinias on "The Extra" to talk about how child abuse was already a crisis before the pandemic, and now it’s an even bigger crisis. The show touched on how COVID-19 has affected the CASA mission and what community members can do to pitch in. Listen to the podcast.
September 30, 2020
CASA needs volunteers as referrals to program increase during pandemic
The Court Appointed Special Advocates for the Pikes Peak Region stated Wednesday that the amount of referrals to their program has been doubled compared to this time last year. Watch the segment.
August 19, 2020
How school attendance can help track child abuse during the pandemic
Schools across the state are either back in session, or are preparing for their fall semester to begin soon. While choices between in-person and remote learning vary, there are concerns reaching beyond coronavirus about getting safely back to school. Watch the segment.
July 24, 2020
CASA swears in 11 new volunteers as officers of the court
Fourth Judicial Judge Jill Brady welcomed 11 new Court Appointed Special Advocates during a swearing-in ceremony over Zoom Friday. Read the story.
July 20, 2020
Volunteers sought as need grows amid coronavirus pandemic
More kids than ever are entering the Child Welfare System and that could be in part due to the ongoing pandemic. The Colorado Springs Police Department reported a 22 percent increase in child abuse arrests in March and April of 2020, compared to last year. Watch the segment.
July 5, 2020
Nonprofits adapt to COVID-19 as major fundraising galas go casually virtual
As signature annual black-tie fundraising galas and cocktail receptions succumbed to COVID-19 shutdowns, stay-at-home months and crowd restrictions, local nonprofits got creative. Hello virtual philanthropic world.CASA of the Pikes P Read the article.
June 8, 2020
CASA holds first Virtual Light of Hope Fundraiser
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is holding a virtual Light of Hope Week. It replaces their annual fundraiser normally held in April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month. CASA says the coronavirus pandemic has brought an increase in child abuse and neglect cases, making this year’s fundraiser especially important. Watch the segment.
June 5, 2020
Light of Hope Virtual Fundraiser to Benefit CASA
CASA’s annual Light of Hope fundraiser is moving online for its 20th anniversary in 2020. Volunteer Mary Stark joined us on FOX21 Morning News with all the details. Watch the segment.
May 6, 2020
CASA volunteers now being sworn in virtually
We are now in a world where basically all contact has gone virtual. Even volunteering has to happen in a digital setting. At CASA, or the Court Appointed Special Advocates agency, despite everything being shut down, they're still adding volunteers, virtual or not. Watch the segment.
May 4, 2020
Sharp drop in child abuse reports around Colorado Springs during shutdown is not good news
There has been a steep drop in the number of calls to child abuse hotlines due to social distancing and COVID-19. The Gazette spoke with several organizations, including CASA, who tell why this is not good news. Read the article and find out how you can help.
April 22, 2020
Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak Region continues to advocate for children virtually
A turbulent time for families who face uncertain futures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the stay-at-home mandate in Colorado presents a risk for children. As a result, the annual Child Abuse Prevention Month in April takes on new meaning. Read the story.
April 15, 2020
Child advocacy organization CASA launches social media challenge to help Pikes Peak area kids
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and non-profit organization CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is calling on the community to use this time to help make a difference for local kids. Read the story.
April 15, 2020
The wire: 9 stories making headlines this week
Eight community members are sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates by Fourth Judicial District Judge Jill Brady via CASA of the Pikes Peak Region’s first-ever virtual ceremony. The volunteers are charged with advocating for children involved with child protective services in El Paso and Teller counties, with the goal of keeping kids safe from abuse and neglect. Read the story.
April 14, 2020
CASA launching campaign to make a difference for kids
CASA of the Pikes Peak Regions is launching a campaign to empower people to make a difference in a child's life. Starting Wednesday, the organization will launching its #Give5Challenge5 social media campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read the story.
March 27, 2020
DHS concerned about drop in child abuse calls, still investigating during COVID-19
The El Paso County Department of Human Services said it’s seen a drop in reports of child abuse and neglect, but that’s not a good thing. El Paso County gets nearly 17,000 calls for child abuse every year, which is the most in the state. KKTV reached out the DHS and to CASA to learn how they are working to keep kids safe during COVID-19. Watch the segment.
March 21, 2020
Checks on child welfare continue despite COVID-19
Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order on Wednesday suspending all in-person schooling in Colorado until April 17. With children being home for a longer period of time than normal, and not interacting with mandatory reporters like teachers on a regular basis, News5 reached out to both CASA and the El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) to learn how they are protecting at-risk children during this time. Watch the segment.
March 3, 2020
"The Extra" with Shannon Brinias
Talking to CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Pikes Peak. CASA leads the effort to provide a "voice" to children who are impacted by the legal system. Volunteer recruitment efforts are ongoing with special events coming in the months of March and April. Listen to the podcast now.
January 28, 2020
CASA looking for volunteers in Pikes Peak Region
Right now, volunteers are needed to help kids in our community who have been placed into the welfare system through no fault of their own. CASA of the Pikes Peak Region Executive Director Angela Rose and volunteer Mary Stark joined us on FOX21 Morning News with information on how you can help. Watch the segment here.
January 12, 2020
Desperate for volunteers, CASA launches campaign to boost ranks in 2020
Not long after becoming volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates about six years ago, Hope Forti and her husband, Kyle, were given a case with a single mother of six who was in danger of losing her home. Read the article here.
January 1, 2020
CASA in need of volunteers to help kids through court
It's an important role, those who help children in desperate need. KRDO visited CASA of the Pikes Peak Region to talk with Executive Director Angela Rose and learn more about the role of Court Appointed Special Advocates – also known as CASAs. Watch the segment here.
December 23, 2019
A stabilizing force
Jerima King has a passion for service and a heart for kids. The combination has shaped her professional and philanthropic work. King, a native of Peru and long-time Colorado Springs resident, is a former software engineer, a private Spanish-language teacher, a retired legal translator and, for the past two years, a CASA. Regan Foster of the Southeast Express sat down to talk with King. Read the article now.
December 17, 2019
Santa's Shop opens to give El Paso Co. foster kids a jolly Christmas
CASA’s Santa Shop opened Tuesday, giving Court Appointed Special Advocates a chance to pick out presents for their paired foster kids this holiday season. KRDO's Julia Donovan was there for the opening. Watch the segment here.
December 11, 2019
Hundreds of children need you, Be their voice.
There are hundreds of local kids in need of support, especially around the holiday season. Angela Rose, CASA Executive Director, is here this morning to discuss how to volunteer and why your help could make a difference. Watch the segment here.
November 15, 2019
Colorado Springs store aims to help foster teens, run by foster teens
A second-hand store in the CASA office in downtown Colorado Springs is targeted specifically for teens in foster care. Every Saturday, foster teens in El Paso and Teller county can go to The Hanger and pick out five items free of charge. Last year there were 352 teens who shopped at The Hanger. KRDO's Hanna Knutson brings us more with this Absolutely Colorado segment. See the segment here.
November 7, 2019
Abused and neglected kids need your help
"There's about 900 children each year who need CASA advocates, we served 716 of those children last year so we have some ground to make up. We're always looking to recruit more community members who want to help us in that mission," said Crystal Erickson, Director of Programs for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. See the segment here.
November 7, 2019
Addiction fueling rising numbers of child neglect
News5 Investigates has learned you will not find a county in the State of Colorado that handles more reports of child abuse and neglect than El Paso County. Child welfare officials say you combine that with countywide substance abuse issues and it becomes a crisis. KOAA interviews CASA volunteer Mary Stark and Head of DHS Julie Krow. See the news segment here.
October 11, 2019
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region needs volunteers to help local children
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region wants to help recruit 2,020 more volunteers statewide by next year. Learn more about the need across the state of Colorado and find out how you can help. See the news segment here.
September 25, 2019
Kari Dimmick named Program Manager of CASA Teller County
As Court Appointed Special Advocates For Children, aka CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, continues to expand its services in Teller County, Kari Dimmick has been named program manager. Click here to read the article.
August 11, 2019
CASA seeking male volunteers to help children
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region said this area of Colorado has more calls to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline than anywhere else in the state. In 2018 alone, they said there were over 16,000 calls, and of those calls hundreds of children were removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. CASA said they are always searching for more volunteers to help these children, and they could especially use more men. Watch the segment here.
June 20, 2019
CASA 30th Anniversary
CASA is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in the Pikes Peak Region. Since its inception in 1989, it has served more than 18,000 local kids! But, there is still more work to be done. Crystal Erickson and Karen Hilborn join Abbie on the Fox21 Morning Show to talk about the past, present, and future of CASA in our community. Watch the segment here.
June 19, 2019
"The Extra" with Renae Roberts
Keri Kahn and Mark Verity talk about the impact CASA has made for children in our community over their past 30 years in Colorado Springs. The impact of being an Advocate. How you can get involved and more. Listen to the podcast.
June 15, 2019
Our Town on the Streets with Jake Walker
Proud to serve this community on air! Play the podcast if you missed the radio broadcast to hear from Roy and Keri at CASA about how CASA volunteers help local foster kids in the community. Listen to the podcast.
April 11, 2019
'I really think people should give it a shot'" CASAs share benefit of volunteering together
“If you have a heart for children, I just can’t tell you what joy this will bring to your heart,” said Kaia Sailor, who has volunteered for CASA alongside her daughter Lindie Eads for about two years. Watch the segment.
April 4, 2019
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region looking for more men to volunteer
April 3, 2019
17 Citizens Sworn in as new CASA volunteers
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region swore in 17 volunteers as officers of the court by Judge William Bain at the El Paso County Combined Courts last week. The Tri-Lakes Tribune highlighted the ceremony. Read the article.
March 27, 2019
17 Citizens Sworn in as new CASA volunteers
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region swore in 17 volunteers as officers of the court by Judge William Bain at the El Paso County Combined Courts last week. The Gazette's Cheyenne and Woodmen Editions highlighted the ceremony. Read the article.
February 20, 2019
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) asks for volunteers to serve growing Teller County population
With a new office in Woodland Park and a room for supervised visits between children and parents separated by conflict, Court Appointed Special Advocates — known as CASA — strengthens its role in Teller County. Read the article.
February 17, 2019
AROUND TOWN: CASA celebrates 30 years, honors first director Trudy Strewler Hodge
CASA held a reception in honor of its founder Trudy Strewler Hodges. The reception highlighted CASA's Community Campaign which aims to close the gap and serve all children in need - a vision Trudy had for CASA when she founded it 30 years ago in 1989. Read the Gazette article.
February 5, 2019
CASA volunteers sworn in, will give voices to children who need them most
A swearing-in ceremony was held Tuesday for a group of Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, assigned to children who are caught up in the court system due to abuse, neglect, or domestic violence in their homes. Watch the segment.
January 17, 2019
Volunteer with CASA to make a difference in the community
Volunteers are always needed to advocate for abused and neglected children in Colorado Springs, and CASA wants you to help them. CASA Executive Director Angela Rose joins Living Local's Mia Atkins on Fox 21. Watch the segment.
December 18, 2018
CASA holds annual "Santa Shop"
The Court Appointed Special Advocates that carry on the fight against child abuse and neglect held their annual “Santa Shop” Tuesday. Volunteers from CASA got to pick out toys and clothes for their appointed children at the event. Being removed from friends and family around the holiday can be difficult, and kids who’ve been removed from their homes often can’t take many things with them. Watch the segment.
December 15, 2018
The City of C.S. Show with Deborah Elliott Shultz
Keeping with Deborah's tribute to non-profits, she has 2 wonderful ladies from CASA in the studio. If you do not know about CASA here in Colorado Springs you need to hear this edition of the show. Listen and learn! Listen to the podcast.
November 24, 2018
IndyGive! CASA of the Pikes Peak Region and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
Proud to serve this community on air! Play the podcast if you missed the radio broadcast to hear from Keri at CASA, Deb for Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care & Aiden sharing about the great savings for the holiday parking at Colorado Springs Airport! Listen to the podcast.
November 13, 2018
Nonprofit Profiles: CASA
CASA for children had its beginnings in the Seattle area in the late 1970's. CASA of the Pikes Peak Region got its start in 1989 after studies conducted by the Junior League of Colorado Springs indicated child abuse victims in El Paso and Teller county did not have proper representation and advocacy. It should be noted that after 27 years, over 13,000 children's lives have been changed for the better in the 4th Judicial District. Listen to the podcast.
November 5, 2018
CASA hosts Light of Hope luncheon in Black Forest
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region hosted its 7th Annual Light of Hope North luncheon Oct. 24 at the Wedgewood Wedding Center in Black Forest. The event gave guests an opportunity to learn more about CASA’s mission and pledge financial support to the organization. Read the article.
November 5, 2018
The Extra with Renae Roberts
Angel Rose and Keri Kahn from CASA talk about the needs for advocates in the Pikes Peak region as they push to help 900 children annually that suffer from abuse and neglect. Listen to the podcast.
October 20, 2018
CASA on Fox21 Morning News
CASA Executive Director Angela Rose and child abuse and neglect survivor Tiffany Jorgenson join us on FOX21 Morning News to discuss CASA's mission to give southern Colorado children a voice. Watch the segment.
October 3, 2018
CASA kicks off donation campaign to ensure every child is served
A local non-profit that helps find a safe and loving home for foster children kicked off its latest donation campaign Wednesday night. CASA, or Court Appointed Social Advocates, stands up for kids removed from abusive or neglectful homes. The volunteers work to protect children unable to understand the legal process or what is happening as a result of being removed from a dangerous environment. Watch the segment.
October 3, 2018
Child abuse calls rising in El Paso Co., local organization needs community's help
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region launched their community campaign with a reception at the Pioneers Museum on Wednesday night. The campaign ensures a voice in court for every abused and neglected child in need of advocacy in the Pikes Peak region. The Pikes Peak region has the highest number of calls made to the child abuse and neglect hotline in the entire state of Colorado. Last year, that hotline received over 16,000 calls. Watch the segment.
October 3, 2018
Former foster child recounts being saved by CASA, urges donations as campaign kicks off
She remembers the date, her unsettling premonitions and the look of her infant sister’s body when CPR was attempted. “It was July 4, 1998, and we were invited to a party,” Tiffany Jorgenson told The Gazette. “Honest to goodness, I believed in my 8-year-old heart, ‘Someone is going to die tonight.’” Read the article.
August 23, 2018
CASA to host first WP breakfast fundraiser
For the first time, Court Appointed Special Advocate hosts a Light of Hope breakfast fundraiser in Woodland Park. The event Sept. 18 is a sign of the growth, as well as the need, for CASA to serve local children who have been abused and neglected. Read the article.
June 4, 2018
CASA looking for volunteer special advocates in the Pikes Peak Region
A local organization that provides crucial services to children in our community is looking for more help. And while the job may sound intimidating, Angela Rose is here to tell us how anyone can be a CASA volunteer. Two hundred children in the Pikes Peak region are waiting for a CASA volunteer. Watch the segment.
May 3, 2018
AROUND TOWN: CASA Light of Hope helps serve more abused and neglected children
For speaker after speaker, involvement with CASA of the Pikes Peak Region came about because "I am for the child." The impact of those words was never lost during the 18th annual Light of Hope breakfast and lunch fundraisers April 25 at The Antlers hotel. More than 1,000 attended the meals, raising almost $350,000 to serve abused and neglected children with trained advocates. Read the article.
May 15, 2018
Local nonprofit CASA looking for volunteers
One local non-profit has a big impact on children in our community. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, trains volunteers to represent victims of child abuse, neglect, and more. The group is looking for more volunteers to help children in our community. Katie Pelton sat down with CASA Executive Director Angela Rose. Watch the segment.
March 4, 2018
Interview with CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization serving El Paso County and Teller County that trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of our most vulnerable citizens – victims of child abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. Listen to the podcast
December 26, 2017
CASA Finds a Home, Grows Services
Far too often, children's court-ordered, supervised visits with a parent came only behind a metal detector, down a cold, gray hallway and inside a sterile-looking room in the El Paso County Courthouse. But that's a thing of the past. Read the article.
December 3, 2017
Give! 2017 CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region's Milton Foster Children's Fund helps youth in foster care achieve their full potential thorough opportunities not funded by other agencies. The fund helps pay for tutoring, art and music lessons, sports fees, therapeutic and medical needs, and other things that give a foster child a sense of resiliency. CASA spokeswoman Keri Kahn joins us with more information. Watch the segment.
November 17, 2017
CASA moves to new location on Weber Street
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region now has all five of its programs under one roof after having three separate locations. The organization relocated to a larger renovated spot on 418 S. Weber St. Nov. 11, propelling it closer to its goal, of serving all children in need of an advocate, by 2020. Read the article.
November 17, 2017
CASA opens in new and improved space
A new home is open for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. The new space includes The Hanger boutique for foster teens to pick out clothing and get some work experience. There's also a more inviting area for supervised exchange and parenting time. Watch the segment.