Eleven New CASA Volunteers Sworn In to Advocate for Children
Adams County, CO – On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, the Honorable Judge Katherine Delgado of the state’s 17th Judicial District swore in eleven volunteers as CASA Volunteer Advocates — Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. Others in attendance included CASA Executive Director, Lindsay Lierman, Chief Judge Patrick Murphy, Magistrate Frances Simonet, Magistrate Priscilla Loew, and Magistrate David Blackett as well as members of the CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties’ staff.
The new advocates honored during the April 4th ceremony are: Lillian Archuleta of Brighton, Alyssa Barkley of Aurora, Rain Campbell of Thornton, Matthew Duran of Broomfield, Sean Gross of Denver, Carmen Moreira of Broomfield, Natalie Murphy of Brighton, Kayla Rice of Commerce City, Rich Smith of Brighton, Dominique Stasulli of Lafayette, and Jose Torrens of Broomfield.
The newly appointed CASA Volunteer Advocates join over 200 other dedicated community members who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the county’s juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.
CASA Volunteer Advocates are asked to meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, attorneys, and teachers. They attend court hearings with the child and report their findings to the judge.
The Honorable Judge Katherine R. Delgado spoke about the significance of the CASA Volunteer Advocate role, “This is one of the most important volunteer roles you can choose to take on, and you have the support of the court, staff and more to better support you.”
With more than 1,100 children each year in need of a CASA Advocate Volunteer, many more advocates are still needed in Adams and Broomfield Counties. To volunteer you must be at least 21 years of age, pass background screening and successfully complete of 30 hours of training.
The next advocate training session for Adams and Broomfield Counties will begin April 29th. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate and the rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, please contact Carly Wooldridge at (303) 835-5543 or email@example.com.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Adams and Broomfield Counties is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that works to make sure that every child who cannot live safely at home has a caring, compassionate CASA Volunteer Advocate who will help fight for their right to be safe, ensure that they are treated with dignity, and assure their safe passage out of foster care, building a stronger community for all. Each year, in Adams and Broomfield Counties, there are over 1,000 children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected, 600 of who are still in need of a caring, committed CASA Volunteer Advocate to speak up for their best interests. In Adams and Broomfield Counties, there are over 200 CASA Volunteer Advocates, but we are in need of more great community members to become Volunteer Advocates for children. CASA conducts volunteer training classes six times a year. For more information about CASA, call 303.654.3378 or visit www.casa17th.org.