New CASA Envision Coalition Pictures Serving Every Child
NORTH METRO DENVER, CO — “CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties envisions a bright future for every local child who has suffered from abuse and neglect,” says Kevin Kildow, local CASA Board Chair and Senior Business Relationship Manager of Wells Fargo Bank.
CASA is a national non-profit organization that recruits and professionally trains CASA Volunteer Advocates who are assigned to represent children in need, as identified by court jurisdictions throughout the U.S. “Professionally trained CASA Volunteer Advocates are a vital link to ensuring that our most severely abused and neglected children have a voice in court,” said Chief Judge Patrick Murphy of the state’s 17th Judicial District, which serves Adams and Broomfield Counties.
“Locally, about 1,100 children need a CASA Volunteer Advocate each year, as requested by the 17th Judicial District; however, only about 500 of those children currently can be served,” points out Bob Grant, former Adams County District Attorney and Vice Chair of CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties. “Annually, an additional 600 local children need a CASA Volunteer Advocate, but cannot be provided one,” said Grant.
“Through our new CASA Envision Coalition, we hope to be able to serve every child who needs a CASA Volunteer Advocate,” said Lindsay Lierman, Executive Director of CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties. CASA is recruiting coalition members who will:
- Envision serving every child in need and share that vision with their employees and networks;
- Invest in the organization, its fundraising events, and programs;
- Volunteer to serve in a variety roles as well as with committees and the board of directors;
- Partner in other ways to support the group’s goal of serving every child in need;
- Recruit people interested in becoming professionally trained CASA Volunteer Advocates.
“We will be able to reduce the cost per local CASA Child served by 40 percent,” said Vickie Ricord, Program Director, CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties. “With our Envision program, we are using a model that utilizes CASA Volunteer Peer Coordinators, seasoned CASA Volunteer Advocates, who help staff manage newer volunteers, allowing us to grow service capacity while reducing relative staffing requirements,” said Ricord.
The CASA Volunteer Peer Coordinator model has been employed successfully by CASA offices elsewhere in the nation since 2006.
Those interested in joining or knowing more about the CASA Envision Coalition, or becoming a professionally trained CASA Volunteer Advocate, are invited to visit CASA17th.com or call 303.654.3378.