August 6, 2019 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – CASA of the Pikes Peak Region was thrilled to hold a swearing in ceremony at the El Paso County Combined Courts on Monday for seven new Court Appointed Special Advocates who were sworn in as officers of the court by Chief 4th Judicial District Court Judge William Bain.
These seven citizens just completed a two-week training course that covered topics like trauma, resiliency, poverty, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, the role of a CASA volunteer, and more. The swearing-in ceremony was the final step to becoming a CASA volunteer and they are now ready to begin the important work of advocating for children who have become caught up in the court system after being removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
Congratulations new advocates (From top left) Kevin Niles, Kari Dimmick, Kieshia Mace, Fredrick Levis, Lelia (Darlene) Janis, Nina Horton, and Kara Warpness.
Last year, CASA volunteers served 710 children in the Pikes Peak Region. However there were at least 200 children that CASA could not advocate for due to a shortage of volunteers. These new volunteers will help CASA as it strives to serve all of the children in need in the Pikes Peak Region by the year 2020.
To learn more about how you can become trained as a CASA volunteer, attend CASA’s next Volunteer Information Session on August 27, 2019. More information is available here.