CASA of the Continental Divide was founded to train volunteers as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Each year CASA of the Continental Divide recruits and screens volunteer advocates, then provides comprehensive training programs to educate the volunteers about child abuse and neglect. They learn about the roles of the Department of Human Services, the judicial system, and many of the community resources available to children and families involved in these cases. The volunteers continue their training through regular in-services that provide additional information and support.
The volunteers, or CASAs, appointed by the Court, generally work on one case at a time. They provide factual, unbiased information to the Court about the child's situation, enabling the Court to make more informed decisions in the best interest of the child.
CASA of the Continental Divide serves Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties in Colorado's 5th Judicial District. This includes the towns of Avon, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Dillon, Downieville, Eagle, Edwards, Frisco, Georgetown, Gypsum, Idaho Springs, Keystone, Leadville, Minturn, Silver Plume and a portion of Evergreen.
The National CASA Association was formed in 1977. There are over 954 programs in the nation; seventeen programs are currently operating in the state of Colorado. CASA of the Continental Divide was accepted for membership in the National CASA Association in August of 1998. 501(c)(3) designation was received from the Internal Revenue Service in 1999.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of Steve McKeever: Board Chair, Andy Lewis: Vice Chair, Deb Spiers: Secretary, Dan Cooper: Treasurer. Other members include Val Aneloski, Beth Chabot, Anne Marie Chapin, Linda Ebright, Dan Gibbs, Dianne Pocius, Christy Shain-Hendricks, Natanee Spencer, Genevieve Chandler, and Joe Yob.
Kathy Reed M.S.W., L.C.S.W. was hired as Executive Director of CASA of the Continental Divide in August of 2006. Kathy has a B.S. in psychology, an M.S.W. in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She worked for Eagle County Health and Human Services in Eagle, CO for 15 years. Originally from Kentucky, Kathy has lived in Summit County since 1982 and is the mother of one child. Kathy has been trained in family mediation, and leads grief and loss groups within the community.
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