Opportunities for Continued Education

After completing a year of service as a CASA volunteer at CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties, you are required to complete 12 hours of In-Service Training or “Continued Education”. These hours are achieved by attending webinars, guest speaking events, and reading books on the topics of childhood trauma and the child-welfare system. Quarterly Continued Education events are hosted by CASA Jeffco/Gilpin. See below for more ideas and event details!

Volunteers are responsible for keeping track of their own Continued Education hours via Optima under the “training” tab.

Statewide Summer Bookclub

Join us as we read this year’s Conference Keynote Speaker’s Book:

A Place Called Home by David Amrboz

David will join us for the virtual book club’s third and final session!

The first 100 registrants will receive a FREE copy of the book shipped to the address you list on the registration!

Register Here

July 18th @ 12pm

August 1st @ 12pm

August 15th @ 12pm

There are millions of homeless children in America today and in A Place Called Home, award-winning child welfare advocate David Ambroz writes about growing up homeless in New York for eleven years and his subsequent years in foster care, offering a window into what so many kids living in poverty experience every day. 

The CASA Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, July 18 from 7 – 8 pm at the Barnes and Noble at Colorado Mills, 14000 W. Colfax. (The store is located on the north side of Colfax near the Whole Foods).

The Jefferson CASA book club meets to discuss books and movies that allow sharing and perspective on issues that help frame our role in the best interests of the children we serve. Participation in watching the movie AND coming to the hour club earns 3 hours of CASA educational credit.

The MOVIE we will watch is Gifted (2017). Interestingly, there were several movies that we researched that focused on gifted children in the foster arena versus the concentration on the challenging ones. This is one of those movies and should prompt some interesting perspectives. Access to this movie is free in our library system.

Come prepared to discuss how the characters and plot has helped you to understand and apply your CASA role to a wider array of cases and perceptions.

Zoom or Face Time participation is also an option.  Contact Larry for the links.

If you are new to the club, have questions, want to join via Zoom or want to get involved, contact Larry at larryvarys@aol.com.

CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is doing a 21-Day Equity Challenge, and we would like YOU to join along! The challenge runs from July 1st – July 21st.  

The 21-Day Challenge is based on America & MOORE’s model, which states that it takes 21 days to build a habit. The goal is to engage with the equity challenge every day for 21 days. Each day, you interact with one of the below prompts (an individual bullet point). You can read an article, connect with a new resource in your community, take an action step, and much more! 

Additionally, we will have a small gathering from 4-6pm on July 25th for anyone participating in the challenge! Please RSVP below. 

Got to the DEAI page for more details. 

August 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch & Learn – 2024 Legislative Summary Hosted by Colorado CASA
Colorado CASA State Conference 
8am – 4pm
September 25th @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch & Learn – SpEd 101 Hosted by Colorado CASA

Upcoming sessions:
July 22nd, 24th, 29th, and 31st
August 19th, 21st, 26th, and 28th

With the support of State VALE funds CASA of Larimer will be offering the TBRI®️ Caregiver Package to Staff and Volunteers of local CASA programs across Colorado.  TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. The intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research. It is primarily delivered as the TBRI®️ Caregiver Package which is 24 hours of training in four parts (Overview, Connecting, Empowering, Correcting). CASA of Larimer County will be offering each part regularly over the next year.

The 6-hour TBRI®️ Overview is required before taking the following principles. It provides the basis of attachment and research on which TBRI®️ builds. The overview is six hours divided into four sessions over two weeks. Sessions will be Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30am-1pm. Participants must attend the full six hours consecutively. Training is free of charge and completion of two post training surveys are required.  


Prerecorded Webinars:

Webinar Link Here 
Password: Juvenile1

Description: Unnecessary removal of children from their families results in separation trauma and impacts families of color disproportionately. Families deserve for decisions with such weighty implications to be based on safety, and removal should only occur when children cannot remain in the home safely. Cara Nord from the Office of the Child’s Representative and Melanie Jordan from the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel will provide you with tools to help judges and attorneys make decisions and arguments that are centered on the safety of children and families. Participants will come away with multiple resources to help them ask questions and provide solutions that allow families to remain safely together.

Webinar Link Here 

Description: Learn more about ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) in the Jefferson County court system. Hear from lead caseworkers about how ICWA impacts cases, advocacy, and cultural considerations. We discuss the difference between reasonable and “active” efforts required to serve families with an ICWA case.

Webinar Link Here 

Description: A training for CASA volunteers and staff to learn how to better support the diverse sex and gender expressions of youth and families we serve.

Additional Materials: The Trevor Project Research Brief: LGBTQ+ Youth with a History of Foster Care

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents

 Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ in Foster Care

HealthCare Resources for LGBTQ in Colorado

Webinar Link Here

Description: The National CASA/GAL Association for Children hosted a webinar on ICWA and the role CASA/GAL staff and volunteer advocates can have in advocating for Indian children. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is ” … to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture … “(25 U.S. C. 1902). ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases.