Happening Now in Boulder County
As of May 30, 2013 Voices For Children CASA volunteers are actively working on 53 child abuse and neglect cases involving 87 children (45 females and 42 males) in Boulder County.
Light of Hope Luncheon
The Light of Hope luncheon will be held at the St. Julien Hotel, Boulder on September 20, 2013.
Each year the luncheon is held to raise funds and increase awareness in the community about the CASA cause. Voices For Children CASA is looking for some great volunteers who will invite family and friends to the luncheon as Light of Hope Table Captains.
What does being a Table Captain involve? Table Captains invite 4 to 8 guests who could include colleagues, friends, or family to the luncheon. Your guests will enjoy a delicious meal at no cost, learn about VFC CASA, and hear inspirational stories..
To learn more visit Light of Hope Table Captain Information.
A World Without Advocates
Chris Steigerwald, M.Ed, LSW
In a county without a CASA or GAL program, a 1-year-old girl we'll call "Annie" was removed by Child Protective Services due to substance abuse by her parents.
After several months, Annie was placed with a relative who lived in an adjoining county. No one told the court that this cousin was mildly mentally impaired. No one investigated to find that she had a previous CPS record with substantiated abuse regarding her teenage children. How might things have been different with a CASA volunteer?
Court records indicate that the parents reached an agreement for the relative to be awarded legal custody. No one asked for a mental health assessment or home study of the cousin.
A one-line entry in the same court document that awarded the relative legal custody stated "that all parental rights are hereby terminated." There was no discussion in the court order of the grounds for termination of parental rights or whether such an action was in Annie's best interest.