COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES
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.
Operating in the 6th and 22nd judicial districts, 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.