What is a CASA?
"To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world. I believe that with all my heart."
Former CASA child Pamela Butler
A CASA is a trained community volunteer who advocates for abused and neglected children in Boulder County.
Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in a child's life, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves.
You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act. Volunteers get to know a child by talking with everyone in that child's life; parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform the child's Guardian ad Litem and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.
You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.
You must be at least 21 years old, have a valid Colorado driver's license and your own transportation. You must also pass a background check, participate in a 40-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average).