Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Southwest
CASA is a national program that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children. A Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA is a volunteer assigned to a case within the Dependency and Neglect (D&N) System. A Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, is a volunteer that is a sworn officer of the court who serves as an advocate for children who are involved in the child welfare system and have often experienced abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences. A CASA volunteer is assigned to a case within the Dependency and Neglect (D&N) System. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children’s best interests. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. CASA of the Southwest serves 5 counties in Southwest Colorado — La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, Montezuma, and Dolores. These counties represent the 6th and 22nd Judicial Districts.
With offices in Durango and Cortez, staff and volunteers work every day to ensure that children in foster care receive the advocacy necessary for judges to make the best decisions for each child. CASA has been active in the Cortez Community (22nd Judicial District) since 2004 and began serving the 6th Judicial District (Archuleta, La Plata, & San Juan Counties) in February of 2017. CASA volunteers are trained community members who’ve made a commitment to be a safe and stable advocate for the duration of a child’s Dependency and Neglect case.
If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.
SEPT Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time
Provides supervised exchange and parenting time to promote and nurture
healthy parent/child relationships in a safe and comforting environment.
To support families in crisis, out staff and/or volunteer neutrally observes parenting time for non-custodial parents’ for periods of 60 or 90 minutes. The opportunity we provide, with this service, is the elimination of re-victimization of children. Typically this service is court ordered. Our SEPT program services align with the Supervised Visitation Network standards, and in accordance with these standards, this program is neutral. Visitations occur at the 4 The Children office.
Cost for this service is $56.00 for 60 min and $83.00 for 90 min.
Through our SAFE Exchanges, we provide a place for parents and children to transition between homes without exposing children to high conflict interactions between parents.
Cost for this service is a flat fee of $30*.
*4 the Children and the SEPT program offer a sliding scale cost if you have a court order in the 6th Judicial District. If you are in need of these services, please contact our office to set up an intake. (970) 259-0310
Please download the intake paperwork below to fill it out before your appointment.