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CASA swears in 11 news volunteers as officers of the court

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
Posted at 9:28 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 23:29:48-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Fourth Judicial Judge Jill Brady welcomed 11 new Court Appointed Special Advocates during a swearing-in ceremony over Zoom Friday.

The new advocates took the oath after completing a five-week online training course, covering topics like trauma, resiliency, poverty, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the role of CASA volunteers.

The volunteers will advocate for abused and neglected children in the Pikes Peak Region while they are in the child welfare system.

CASA said its work has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Pikes Peak Region CASA said on average 49 children per month enter the system now, compared to an average of 20 per month before the coronavirus.

Community members interested in working with CASA can submit a volunteer application online and complete the training which is currently being offered online.

You can also attend a Volunteer Information Session to learn more about the program.

CASA has now sworn in 42 new advocates in similar virtual ceremonies since COVID arrived in Colorado.