“I never knew…a life beyond hurt, abuse, and trauma growing up. But I did have hope that one day I could know a life beyond that, a life filled with love and laughter and happiness.”
– Former Foster Youth, Samantha
For children like Samantha, “childhood” means something very different from what most of us knew growing up. There’s the 8 year old whose mother tells her over and over again how “ugly, fat, and stupid” she is, while repeatedly physically abusing her. There’s the 14 year old who is afraid to go to sleep because her step father might slip into her room. And there’s the 5 year old, whose parents are trying hard to maintain his health and safety, but keep falling on hard times.
These are the children our CASAs serve. Voices for Children CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children going through the court system. Our CASA volunteers make sure that the court system hears the voices of the youngest and most vulnerable whom it serves and provides these children with a consistent, positive adult in their lives; an adult who will tell them that they are beautiful, and smart, and worthy of love.
To provide trained, court-appointed volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Boulder County.
All children will have a safe, nurturing environment where they can thrive.
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with in sufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that has grown more than 950 CASA programs.
Voices For Children CASA was established in 1985 by Boulder members of the Junior League of Denver and the Boulder County Bar Association. Since 1985, Voices For Children CASA has been providing high-quality advocacy and support to the child victims of abuse or neglect. To find out more about the National CASA organization click here.