Tuesday's Child: Volunteers with CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
New Court Appointed Special Advocates swearing in. (KOAA)
COLORADO SPRINGS -
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region works hard through volunteers to be a voice for foster children in our community. In this edition of Tuesday's Child, we take a look at the volunteer court appointed special advocate with CASA.
To become a court-appointed special advocate volunteers have a lot to learn about the court process and the laws that oversee dependency and neglect cases.
"They're learning about substance abuse, mental health, child development, poverty, cultural competence," says Advocacy Program Trainer Mittie Pedraza.
The volunteers will be assigned a foster child's case. They're responsible for being a voice for that child, giving the court recommendations in their best interest.
"I am there to work with them for as long as it takes to get them into a safe and happy home," says advocate Randy Mummert.
CASA served about 600 children in 2016. But they estimate another 300 could benefit from a CASA if there were more volunteers.
"Our goal is to serve them all by the year 2020. So the more advocates we get in, the better it is for the children," says Pedraza.
You don't need experience to volunteer. CASA provides about 30 hours of training before swearing in volunteers.