Volunteer

 

We stand up

for children in need.

 
 
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2020 Training Schedule

October 2019 Training is FULL

Monday October 7th 5-8 pm
Wednesday, October 9th 5-8pm
Saturday, October 12th 10am-4pm
Monday, October 14th 5-8pm
Wednesday, October 16th 5-8pm
Saturday, October 19th 10am-4pm

January 2020 Training
Longmont, CO

Saturday, January 18th 9am-4pm
Sunday, January 19th 9am-4pm
Saturday, January 25th 9am-4pm
Sunday, January 26th 9am-4pm
Swearing-In: January 28th 5pm-6pm

 

Become a Volunteer in 3 Easy Steps

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers are highly trained community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children going through the court system here in Boulder County, Colorado.

 

March 2020 Training


Saturday, March 7th 9am-4pm
Sunday, March 8th 9am-4pm
Saturday, March 14th 9am-4pm
Sunday, March 15th 9am-4pm
Swearing-In: March 17th 5pm-6pm

May 2020 Training


Monday, May 4th 5pm-8pm
Wednesday, May 6th 5pm-8pm
Saturday, May 9th 10am-4pm
Monday, May 11th 5pm-8pm
Wednesday, May 13th 5pm-8pm
Saturday, May 16th 10am-4pm
Swearing In: May 19th 5pm-6pm

 
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Step 1) Complete a Volunteer Application & Background Check Packet

To join a training class please complete the following:

 

It is important to note that we can not accept handwritten background checks. This means that you will need to download the fillable background check packet from above, fill it out on your computer or tablet, print and sign the highlighted fields, and then email or mail it to us directly. And finally, if you need financial support to complete your volunteer packet, please fill out our scholarship application.

 
 

 
 
 
 

Step 2) Have an In-Person Interview

Once your CASA Volunteer Application (which includes your online application, background check packet, and $40 application fee) has been received, one of our Program Staff will contact you via email or phone call to schedule and complete an in-person interview. After your in-person interview takes place, our Program Staff will then contact your references that were submitted with your CASA Volunteer Application.

[Image] An older female representing a CASA volunteer in a pink button down shirt and black pants, holding up a picture of a young teen male with brown hair in a blue and gray shirt sitting on stone steps. Voices for Children CASA of Boulder County provides trained,  C ourt  A ppointed  S pecial  A dvocate Volunteers to advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in Boulder County.
 
 

 
 
 
[Image] An older male representing a CASA volunteer in a light blue button down shirt and black dress pants, holding up a picture of a young female with brown hair with glasses and pink shirt on a playground. Voices for Children CASA of Boulder County provides trained,  C ourt  A ppointed  S pecial  A dvocate Volunteers to advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in Boulder County.
 

Step 3) Attend a CASA Pre-Service Training

After a successful in-person interview and reference check, you may then be invited to attend our CASA pre-service Training by our Program Staff. At this point, you then switch from a CASA Volunteer Applicant to a CASA Volunteer Trainee. CASA Volunteer Trainees must be able to attend most training sessions, though it is not a problem if a scheduling conflict means you might miss one session. To view our upcoming training schedule, click the view upcoming trainings button below.

 
 

 
 
 
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Our Upcoming Events & Trainings

 

 
 
 
 
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CASA Corner


 

+ CASA Pre-Service

Training Documents

+ Helpful Documents

For CASAs

What is a CASA - for Children

What is CASA - for Parents or Guardians

What is a CASA - for Professionals

QUÉ ES UNA CASA (What is a CASA Parents)

New Case Checklist for CASAs

Wellbeing Assessment Cheat Sheet

How to Secure Additional Resources for you CASA Kiddo

Wellbeing Assessment Video

CASA Free Activities

For Peer Coordinators

Case Planning

Case Progress Review

Case Closure Assessment

Forms & Policies

PC Users - CASA Court Report Template (Word Doc)

Mac Users - CASA Court Report Template (Pages Doc)

Child Enrichment Application

Janus Emergency Request Form

Mileage Reimbursement

Policies

+ CEU Opportunities

As a CASA, you are required to complete 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per calendar year. CEUs can take many forms. The following are suggestions that could count towards CEUs, if they are relevant to your CASA work:
• CASA In-Services (1 unit per hour)
• Books, Movies, TV Shows
• Research Articles
• Other Educational lectures and trainings (1 unit per hour)

All CEU submissions go through Optima. Please be prepared to write a brief review.

National CASA Resources

Books, Movies, TV Shows

60 Minutes: Trauma Informed Care

+ Community Resources

Click here to locate another CASA Program
Click Here to Access the Boulder County Resource Guide


Attention Homes https://www.attentionhomes.org

A safe resource for youth in crisis providing shelter, structure, and access to crucial services so that homeless and displaced 12-24 year olds can become stable, independent members of our community and achieve their potential.

Blue Sky Bridge https://www.blueskybridge.org

Child and family advocacy center that provides comprehensive, supportive and professional response to child abuse investigations.

Boulder County Housing and Human Services https://www.bouldercounty.org

BCDHHS is dedicated to a vision of healthy communities that are more self-sufficient, sustainable and resilient. Services include: Health Coverage, Food Assistance, Family and Children Services, Housing, Financial Assistance and Education & Skill Building.

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center https://www.boulderwomenshealth.org

Provides accessible, confidential and comprehensive gynecological and reproductive health care, including sexual health services and education.

Bridge House https://www.boulderbridgehouse.org

Provides basic services like food and shelter to the homeless and working poor. Clients have the opportunity to get hot meals, medical and mental health services, and to meet with a case manager that will assist them with everything from employment services to addiction concerns.

Bright By Three https://www.brightbythree.org

Bright by Three visits with parents and other caregivers and provides a three-step program to make sure their little ones get the best start in life. Best for children under 3.

Children’s Alley at the YWCA https://www.ywcaboulder.org/childrensalley

The only emergency, drop-in childcare facility in Boulder County. Parents can call the afternoon before or the morning of to schedule childcare. Rates are based on a sliding scale.

Children First of the Rockies https://www.ccfor.org

Parent Education Program and SAFE Services Program services are designed to ensure the safety and well-being of children and help families in conflict or crisis improve their quality of life.

Colorado Legal Services https://www.coloradolegalservices.org

Legal counseling and information are provided for low income persons in civil matters regarding public assistance, family law, mental health, restraining orders, pro se (do-it yourself) divorce, etc.

Community Food Share https://www.communityfoodshare.org

Distributes food to those in need: the working poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the physically and mentally disabled, children, seniors and adolescents at risk.

El Comite https://www.elcomitedelongmont.org

Bi-lingual comprehensive case management, advocacy and effective referrals to health, legal, social, basic needs, educational and emergency services.

Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) https://www.efaa.org

Helps those in our community whose immediate need for food, financial assistance with rent or mortgage, utility bills, minor medical or transportation needs and other basic needs.

Inn Between https://www.innbetween.org

Provides a self-sufficiency program that promotes stability for diverse homeless families and individuals.

Intercambio de Comunidades https://www.intercambio.org

Activities for adult immigrants from all over the world to learn English and reduce barriers.

iThrive – Alternatives for Youth https://www.thrivingteens.org

Provides bi-lingual classes for teens with drug/alcohol abuse.

LEVI (Longmont Ending Violence Initiative) https://www.longmontdomesticviolence.org

Aproject designed to enlist the entire community in an effort to reduce and control domestic violence. This is a multi-agency collaborative response to be accomplished through three goals: 1) prevention/education, 2)access and referrals 3) public information.

Mother House https://www.mother-house.org

Provides a safe haven for pregnant women who are at risk.

Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) https://www.movingtoendsexualassault.org

24-hour Hotline: 303-443-7300 Offers group therapy for adult survivors of sexual assault, advocacy and support at the hospital following a sexual assault and for survivors who choose to go through the criminal justice process. Medical support and legal support are offered as well.

Rocky Mountain Legal Center https://www.rmlegal.org

Provides free and sliding cost services for civil legal representation and mediation services for low-income families, single parents, and seniors.

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley https://www.safeshelterofstvrain.org

24-hour Crisis Line: 303-771-4422

Provides a comprehensive system of programs and services to address the needs of victims of domestic abuse including emergency shelter, counseling and legal advocacy.

Sister Carmen Community Center https://www.sistercarmen.org

A Family Resource Center providing Nutrition & Healthy Living, Individual & Family Advocacy and Children’s Services programs.

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) https://www.safehousealliance.org

24-hour Crisis Line:303-444-2424 Provides temporary housing, counseling, education, advocacy, and support services for adult survivors of domestic violence their children who are not able to safely remain at home or in the community.

Summer Food Programs https://www.kidsfoodfinder.org

Hunger Free Colorado is a federal nutrition program designed to ensure that children ages 1-18 have access to healthy meals and snacks during summer break.

OUR Center https://www.ourcenter.org

Aid individuals and families in need of food, resources and to develop vital life-long skills to enable self-sufficiency. The OUT Center offers: Temporary family shelter, Housing assistance, Rent assistance, Utilities assistance, Healthcare expense assistance, Local transportation, Local hot meals, Groceries, Clothing, Child care.

Parents Engagement Network https://www.parentengagementnetwork.org

Resources on substance use and abuse in teens working with the community to support parents in raising happy, healthy youth. Includes general information websites along with support groups throughout Boulder County.