CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (CASA Jeffco/Gilpin) serves the most vulnerable children through awareness, advocacy, and support. With the dedication of hundreds of volunteers throughout Jefferson and Gilpin counties in Colorado, we serve the 1st Judicial District, which ranks 5th in the state for child abuse and neglect cases.
Children are our future and while they are our most valuable resource, they are also the most vulnerable. One of nearly 1,000 CASA organizations across the country, CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on donations. While we do assist the courts, we are not a government organization. Founded in 2000 with our first volunteer trained in 2001, CASA Jeffco/Gilpin has provided volunteer advocates for more than 3,200 abused and neglected children.
Our mission is to recruit, train and manage volunteers who serve as independent lay advocates for children who are victims of neglect and physical and/or sexual abuse. Our hope is that all children will have a CASA volunteer as someone to pay attention, someone to give the child a voice, someone to care.
CASA is for Children
Every year, CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteers are appointed to nearly 300 cases of child abuse and neglect, serving more than 370 children in the 1st Judicial District. Of those 300 cases, CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteers were appointed to 11 Truancy Court cases. CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is lucky to have the support of 243 active CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteers. Yet, we are only able to serve 34% of the cases that need a child advocate, leaving hundreds of children without a voice in our court system.
Of the children we serve:
- 14% sustained physical abuse
- 10% sustained sexual abuse
- 76% experienced neglect
The devastating effects of broken lives can be changed when a CASA volunteer steps up to advocate for child abuse victims. Our dedicated, highly trained volunteers are the very cornerstone of our program at CASA Jeffco/Gilpin. They strive to ensure that children in protective custody receive the necessary services for their physical, emotional and educational well-being and safety.
“CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is an amazing organization that performs a critical community service for the most vulnerable children in the 1st Judicial District. I find the CASA Program and its volunteers to be invaluable. My wish is to assign a CASA to every case of child abuse. I have no doubt that it would greatly serve the children coming before us.” — Honorable Ann Gail Meinster, 1st Judicial Court judge
Volunteers are ordinary citizens that make an extraordinary commitment to perform a key role in breaking the cycle of child abuse, one child at a time. We are always in search of more volunteer advocates. Learn how you can stand up for the rights of abused and neglected children in our community.
The History of CASA
The concept to recruit and train community volunteers to step into courtrooms on behalf of abused and neglected children originally was started by a judge in Seattle, Washington, in 1977. The idea quickly spread. By 1982, National CASA had formed, and in 1990 the U.S. Congress authorized its expansion by passing the Victims of Child Abuse Act so that a “court-appointed special advocate shall be made available to every victim of child abuse or neglect in the United States that needs such an advocate.”