August 2017 CASA Monthly Newsletter

Child Educational Advocates Needed

We at CASA of the Continental Divide and have joined with Summit County Schools and the 5th Judicial District to support a truancy  program in Summit County.  We are in the process of bringing together community partners to assist in the creation of a community network that has the ability to respond to the needs of both the students and their families when truancy becomes an issue.

What does a Truancy CASA do?

Duties of a Truancy CASA Volunteer include Independent case investigation and advocating for the educational interests of a child. Upon appointment, a CASA volunteer may have a duty to determine if additional services are necessary to ensure educational success for a child pursuant to the “School Attendance Law of 1963”.

How Does Truancy Affect Kids?›

  • Truancy is the first sign of trouble; the first indicator that a young person is giving up and losing his or her way.
  • Research data tells us that students who become truant and eventually drop out of school put themselves at a long term disadvantage in becoming productive citizens. School dropouts today earn almost 28 percent less than high school graduates and earn around $300,000 less over a lifetime. Dropping out of high school is an increasingly concerning problem: In today’s complex and technology-reliant society, completing a high school degree is essential and is often the minimum requirement for most jobs and for obtaining a post-secondary education.
  • ›Truancy is associated with poverty, mental health, substance abuse, learning disabilities, abuse, neglect, homelessness and juvenile delinquency.
  • ›Truancy is a Status offense- child can be sentenced to up to 45 days in juvenile detention.

Goal of Truancy CASA Program
To measurably increase student’s attendance, academic and social engagement within his/her school experience.

Interested in furthering your CASA training and reach as a CASA?

Please consider attending our Truancy CASA Training on August 17, 2017 from 9 am to Noon.  Contact Laurie by phone at 970 531-9390 or via email at and register to attend.


Assist with the
Great Rubber Duck Race,
Earn Money for CASA!

Start the day off with coffee and refreshments to gear up for the fun. Lunch is also provided for those who are still around. It’s an active job and you’re on your feet most of the time. The more help we have the faster the process goes! For those who want to bring the kids along, the morning shift is great for families; ages 6 and up. If you’re able to help, please let us know which of the times below work for your group and how many people will be participating.

  • 9am – 12pm: Great for families
  • 11am – 2pm: Adults and teenage children only

Please sign up by August 15 by contacting Cathy Hyde at 970 531-9390 or emailing
Please consider joining our group. A stipend of $250 dollars is being offered to groups of 5 or $500 for a group of 10.

On Sunday, September 3rd we have a duck sorting party and we’re looking for volunteers to help. We meet in the parking lot at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge.

Outcomes Matter!!!

This 18-year-old was just adopted after 13 years in foster care

We are Looking for Super Men and Super Women who are interested in Becoming CASACD Board members.

Know anyone?

Please contact Kathy Reed at 970-513-9390

Volunteer News and Events


1. Scholarships for Foster Parents to Attend the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) Conference on October 12-14, 2017

Key Words: ATTACh, conference, foster parents, registration, scholarship, training, trauma

Number: IM-CW-2017-0030

2. ICWA and Kinship Webinars

Regarding: Scheduled webinars to discuss revised ICWA rules were effective July 1, 2017. Additionally, county departments have been asking for refresher trainings about kinship care rules and required background checks.

Key Words: ICWA, kinship care, background checks, active efforts, notification

Number: IM-CW-2017-0029

3. CASA of the Continental Divide (CASACD) Truancy Training Opportunity August 17, 2017 from 9am-12pm

Are you interested in becoming an educational advocate for Kids in Summit County?  CASACD is currently looking for CASA’s who would be interested in expanding their training.

A Truancy CASA is an educational advocate who supports children who are struggling with issues related to school attendance.  There are a variety of reasons that school attendance can become an issue and the investigational skills of CASAs assist the Child, School and Courts to determine what measures would be most beneficial for successful school attendance and meeting successful school completion.

As a Truancy CASA you will have the opportunity to meet with Kids, Parents, and School Administrators. Discuss the needs of the child you serve and assist with recommendation in creating a plan to bring attendance back in the standard required by Colorado Law.  Truancy Court appearances can occur every two weeks or monthly depending on participation and compliance.

Register Today!

Contact: Laurie Patterson
Phone:    970-513-9390

4.  Click the LINK below to Listen to the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program – Guardian ad Litem on “Perspectives” WFSU-FM 2017-06-15

Remember to record CE hours/activities/trainings in Optima – VOLUNTEERS DASHBOARD – TRAINING LOGS

Volunteer Supervision

May be arranged individually. Please Contact Colleen for assistance at 970 531-9390 ext. 3

May be arranged Individually. Please contact Laurie for assistance at 970 531-9390 ext. 4

If you need access to commonly used CASA forms or templates, use our public file for CASA.  CASA’s Dropbox