Since our inception in 2000, CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties has served more than 1211 abused and neglected children. In 2011, the courts assigned our volunteers to 237 child abuse and neglect cases, serving more than 372 children in the two counties combined.
The concept to recruit and train community volunteers to step into courtrooms on behalf of abused and neglected children originally was started by a judge in Seattle, Washington, in 1977. The idea quickly spread. By 1982, National CASA had formed, and in 1990 the U.S. Congress authorized its expansion by passing the Victims of Child Abuse Act so that a “court-appointed special advocate shall be made available to every victim of child abuse or neglect in the United States that needs such an advocate.”
One of nearly 1,000 CASA organizations across the country, CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on donations. While we do assist the courts, we are not a government organization. Your generous donation will allow us to continue helping children in need.