Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Give Hope to an Abused & Neglected Child this Year

Metro Denver Area, CO – Do your New Year's Resolutions include a desire to help make a difference in your community? CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is currently seeking caring, community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children who have open cases in the judicial system.

This year alone, over half a million abused and neglected children in our country will be unable to live safely at home. Over 2,700 of these children live here in the Denver Metro Area. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD…

We are looking for individuals who are interested in becoming CASA Volunteer. CASA volunteers give voices to children who, at no fault of their own, are involved in a Dependency and Neglect case. After going through an extensive training and being sworn into the courts, a CASA volunteer serves on one case at a time spending several hours each month visiting with the children, attending court hearings, and advocating for a safe and timely placement. CASA volunteers ensure that the judge receives up-to-date pertinent information, so important decisions may be made regarding the child’s needs. CASA volunteers are often the only constant and consistent person in these children’s lives.

Right now, there are many children in the community that need help. These children are in desperate need of a caring, committed adult to speak up for their best interests in court. These children need a consistent, positive influence in their lives, to show them that they have support and that people do care. These children need to know that someone is listening to their needs and wants and is willing to stand up for them. Caring community members can be that constant person in a child’s life by becoming a CASA.

Over 75% of our volunteer CASAs have full-time jobs and families; many others are retired or semi-retired people that continue to make a difference in their communities. All it takes is 10-15 hours a month of your time and the desire to make a difference in the life of a child!

For more information about CASA, call 303.752.2272 (CASA) or visit www.casa4kids.net.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that trains, supports and supervises community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of innocent child victims of abuse and neglect. In the Metro Denver Area, there are almost 600 CASA volunteers, but CASA is in need of more great community members to become advocates for children. CASA conducts volunteer training several times a year.

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