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CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN BREAKFAST
In support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties will host its second annual Champions for Children Breakfast on April 9th, 2014. It will be held at the Denver Marriott West from 7:30-8:30am. This free, one-hour breakfast event is an opportunity for members of our community to learn more about CASA Jeffco/Gilpin’s important work of advocating on behalf of child abuse and neglect victims in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
To make this breakfast as successful as possible, it is crucial for CASA to find committed community business partners to sponsors this event. Sponsorships will help underwrite the costs of the breakfast so more of the dollars raised can go directly to serving the children and our Program (see sponsorship opportunities attached). All CASA Jeffco/Gilpin supporters will be highlighted at this event. With over 570 open cases of child abuse and neglect, involving approximately 1,300 children in Jefferson and Gilpin counties, it is vital for our Program to raise awareness and funds in order to serve more child abuse victims.
ONE CHILD - ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
YOUR HELP - THEIR FUTURE
Be the difference. Every year in Colorado, more than 50,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are filed, and more than 11,000 children enter foster care.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (CASA Jeffco/Gilpin) serves the 1st Judicial District, which ranked second of 22 Districts in Colorado for the number of abuse and neglect cases file in 2012.
Appointed by judges, our highly trained volunteers serve as independent investigators and advocates for abused and neglected children in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
Our volunteers make a difference. Children with a CASA volunteer are half as likely to spend time in long-term foster care. Cases with a CASA volunteer are more likely to be permanently closed.
Anyone can be a part of CASA. Whether you donate your time, services or dollars, you can be a powerful voice in the life of a child.
NATIONAL CASA’S 35 FACES VIDEO
During this year’s 35 Faces of CASA campaign, we profiled judges, volunteers, former foster youth, CASA program staff and others, showing the breadth of the community that supports the CASA mission. We’d like to sincerely thank all the programs and staff who shared their stories with us.
This summer and fall, over a thousand photos were uploaded to the 35 Faces site by supporters, program staff and others who wanted to express their solidarity with everyone who works on behalf of abused and neglected children in America.
“I am for Cheyenne. I am for the little girl who loves pink and Hello Kitty. I am for an innocence lost at the age of six. I am for Cheyenne who must place her trust in others to navigate a world left dark through blindness. A trust that was betrayed not just by her father but by her brother as well. When playing dress up and hosting Barbie teas should have been her focus, my CASA child was trying to understand the deep scars of sex abuse. I’m for the little girl that loves slug bug and can beat me hands down in the MIX 100 “Name That Song” game…every time. I am for Cheyenne because in spite of all the evil she has faced, she has a sense of humor and warmth in her heart. She is quick with a joke or witty quip-“I’m a superstar…wanna see me shine?!” I am for Cheyenne because she has taught me that no matter the challenge, no matter the hurt, there is still goodness. The most important thing I can do is be for the CASA child who needs me.”
I am for Cheyenne.
Who am I? I am a CASA volunteer.
“I am for Matt and Greg. These two brothers have been in five different foster homes because their mother severely neglected them and did not protect them from physical abuse by her live-in boyfriend. I am for Matt who was adopted a year ago and is thriving in a loving home. I am for Greg, who is becoming a young man in a wonderful foster home. Greg, age 14, often says I am all powerful because he knows how I have advocated for nurturing foster placement, special assistance in school and for testing to determine his challenges and abilities. I am for Matt and Greg who, although separated, visit each other frequently and are learning to appreciate each other’s unique personalities. I am determined to keep searching for a safe, permanent home for Greg. I am for Matt and Greg, who have given me the privilege of earning their trust and love. To advocate for their best interests and help them overcome a tragic past gives me great meaning in this life. It is truly a gift to be part of their lives.”
I am for Matt and Greg.
Who am I? I am a CASA volunteer.
JEWELERS FOR CHILDREN RENEWS COMMITMENT TO CASA FOR CHILDREN
At their annual Facets of Hope gala on June 2, 2013, Jewelers for Children, the industry organization of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations, announced that it would continue its support of National CASA and CASA programs throughout the country with a $500,000 contribution in 2013. Jewelers for Children is the leading private supporter of the National CASA Association and its member Programs. Through its Champions for Abused Children Initiative, the organization has contributed more than $7.4 million since 2003.
Congratulations to CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteer Ginny Lee! She accepted the National Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award in Hartford, Ct. She was nominated because of her work as a CASA volunteer with CASA Jeffco/Gilpin. Ginny has been a CASA volunteer for nine years, beginning her service in October of 2004. She has served seven cases, involving 12 children. Her volunteer hours total over 1,855. Leah Varnell, Executive Director of CASA Jeffco/Gilpin, states: “She is an excellent representative of CASA. We couldn’t be more proud, or more grateful, for her involvement with and commitment to the organization.”
2013 METRO DENVER COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA) COLLABORATIVE TRAINING
Approximately 170 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA volunteers), Guardian ad litem attorneys and other professionals attended the annual event on April 13, held at the Mile Hi Church community center. CASA volunteers are appointed by the Court to advocate for abused and neglected children’s best interests in areas of health, education, foster placement and most importantly, permanency in a safe, stable home. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright was the keynote speaker. Justice Boatright emphasized that not only is a CASA volunteer the eyes and ears for the Court in a child abuse and neglect case but most importantly, the voice for the child. Dr. Jerry Yager, a clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents, presented information that is crucial to understanding youth who have suffered from abuse and neglect. Adam Robe, a child welfare professional and author dedicated to helping children in need, shared his personal story of abandonment at age five and discussed the emotional impact of foster care on children. Adam is the author of “Robbie Rabbit” and other books that can be used as tools to help children who are going through a difficult time.
KAPPA ALPHA THETA
Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 as the first Greek-letter college fraternity (sorority) for women. Since 1989, the collegiate and alumnae women of Kappa Alpha Theta have been standing up and speaking up for abused and neglected children through their support of National CASA and CASA programs across the country. In 2011 alone, Kappa Alpha Theta chapters gave nearly $450,000 to CASA programs in their communities.
The Denver Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta currently has more than 250 members. The primary functions of the group are threefold: to support the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity both internationally and locally; to provide opportunities for social, intellectual, and moral growth of its members; and to make a positive contribution to the Denver community. Proceeds from their annual fundraising event, “Hearts and Heels”, help support local CASA programs.
In addition, in the fall of 2012, the Denver Alumnae Chapter donated many blankets, made by their members, to CASA Jeffco/Gilpin for CASA children and their families. On behalf of CASA Jeffco/Gilpin’s children our volunteers advocate for, we thank you for your generosity and kindness offered to child abuse victims.