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A Day In Court With CASA (Child Appointed Special Advocates)

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A Day In Court With CASA (Child Appointed Special Advocates)

The first thing I noticed is that “court” is nothing like you see on TV. The courthouse building in Denver happens to be very new. It feels clean but not clinical. It’s busy but it’s not overbearing. And its calm, almost eerily peaceful. The courtroom we are in today is #2 and I will see four cases in about 2 hours. (If you are not familiar with the work of CASA, please read: “Why I Became An Ambassador For CASA”. Also, note that CASA is a national organization; this is based on a court visit with the CASA group in...

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Why I Became An Ambassador For CASA, (And What I’d Like You To Know)

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“Child Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are the only people in the room not being paid”, explains Nancy Stewart, Executive Director of CASA Denver. “These kiddos go through extraordinary things as their families work through the court system, and they need a voice that speaks up for what they want. That’s the role of the CASA volunteer.” Every year tens of thousands of kiddos are determined to be neglected or at risk. When that happens various government organizations step in to investigate and help the child where they can. Physical and sexual abuse are common, not being fed, being truant for...

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