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ESG Gives Back: Court Appointed Special Advocates

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About Voices for Children CASA:

The mission of Voices For Children CASA is to provide trained volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Boulder County.

The CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provide investigation, advocacy, monitoring, and direct service to child victims of abuse and neglect. The goal is to get the child out of the system and into a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. Voices For Children CASA is committed to the concept that all abused and/or neglected children in Boulder County are entitled to a powerful voice on their behalf, leading to a safe environment.

A personal appeal:

Mark Peters, ESG Senior Analyst
Mark Peters
ESG Senior Analyst

Voices For Children CASA is the Boulder County instance of the national CASA organization. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and it aims to support and provide the basic human rights of children. We have no political or religious affiliation, and exist solely to recruit, train, support and provide “CASAs” - these are Advocate volunteers that are paired with children who have been abused or neglected, and many of whom are in foster care. These volunteers become supportive adults in the child’s life and advocate for their best interests in court. Children with CASA  volunteer support are not only supported from a general well-being, friendship and counselling perspective (over many months and, more often, years) but are also more likely to graduate from high school, spend less time in foster care, and are more likely to be adopted.

This year we have achieved our 30th anniversary in Boulder County, Colorado, where I live. I am so moved by the case-stories I hear and proud of the work our dedicated and resilient volunteers do, yet of course simultaneously dismayed at the continuing necessity for our existence. I serve as a Board member for two main reasons. First is because of the tremendous, and simultaneously hidden but vital, support that we offer to abused and neglected youth. Second is because this is not just about doing good for the individual children (valuable as that clearly is), but because we are doing good for society too – CASA actually saves money since our children are not as likely to be a future burden to taxpayers in terms of social services or becoming offenders…indeed they are actually more likely to graduate and become taxpaying employees themselves!

Our mission is very plain but never simple. It is a constant surprise to see how great the need is, even in a generally prosperous area such as this one in Colorado. Indeed Voices For Children CASA recently added a specific ability to provide our advocate services in cases of severe truancy (again, by definition, a case must have reached the court system) as that is often a reflection of much of what is found in typical abuse and neglect cases.

As much as CASAs exist to help with an uncomfortable side of society - and often deeply distressing cases - I am always uplifted by the enthusiasm and positive spirit of all whom help us. I hope you will consider being a part of that help, and giving more children the kind of start and support in their lives that most of us, thankfully, take for granted: 

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