COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA) OF WELD COUNTY
CASA of Weld County is part of a collaborative network of 16 Colorado CASA programs and nearly 1,000 nationwide programs. These programs recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children. In Weld County, judges from the 19th Judicial District choose Dependency and Neglect cases to be assigned to a CASA. A CASA always works in the best interests of the child and ensures their individual emotional, physical, and educational needs are met.
The Weld County Child Advocacy Centers are nationally-accredited forensic interview centers. While a trained forensic interviewer listens to each victim tell their story of experiencing sexual abuse, child abuse, or of witnessing a violent crime, a family advocate supports non-offending family members, provides resources, makes referrals to mental health and medical services, and offers advice for healing. Our staff work closely with law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals, the District Attorney’s office, and the Department of Human Services.
The Darkness to Light Program aims to educate adults in our community in order to appropriately respond to child abuse suspicions, allegations, and investigations. In the Stewards of Children Presentation, participants learn to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is the only nationally-distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.