February 2018 CASA Advocates Newsletter

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CASA’s are Special Valentine’s!

Thanks for sharing your love and caring with the children you serve!


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CASAs Make a Difference!

During 2017 CASACD Volunteers Did Amazing Things!

Drove 25,336.85 miles 

Dedicated 2332 hours working a case in an advocate or mentor role

participated in 406.25 hours of continuing education

participated in 426.4 hours of Non-Case activities and drove 1,520 miles


Thanks For Being You!

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Special Request

In an effort to spread the word, Please share this information on your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with a link to the MtnCASA.org website.  Thanks in advance for your assistance![/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”2″ accent_color=”#1e73be”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Wellbeing Assessments

In an effort to keep all of our information up to date we are asking you to spend a few minutes in your cases and review the Wellbeing Assessment Section.  Please check that a Wellbeing Assessments have been completed for each child in the case to correspond with each reporting period. A reporting period is the time between one court hearing and the next court hearing.

As you navigate the case in Optima, scroll to the bottom tabbed section and click on Wellbeing. You will see a listing of assessments that have been completed.  Please review to make sure all Court Hearings have an associated Wellbeing Assessment.

To create a New Assessment select ADD. Next, select the child, category  and which assessment you will be completing. When you click on Assess, Optima will generate a few questions for you to answer.  Please select your answers. When you have answered all the questions select Save. Repeat the process for the additional sections.

You will always complete 3 Wellbeing sections per reporting period, Education, Health, and Safety/Permanency.  For Children over the age of 14 please also complete the Youth Advocacy assessment.  The Wellbeing Assessment should be completed after your court report is finalized and no later than 5 days prior to the court hearing. Once the Wellbeing Assessments are completed please note the activity in a contact log

As always, should you have any questions or need clarification, please reach out to your Advocate Manager for assistance. Thank You so much for all you do!!![/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”2″ accent_color=”#1e73be”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Please be sure to Like, Follow and Share our CASACD Page on Facebook.


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Continuing Education Opportunities

Trauma and Its effects – Western Slopes CASA Conference
Conference topics will include:

  • The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Brain
  • Children’s Mental Health Issues;
  • Partnering with K-12 Education for Better Outcomes for Kids. IEPs, 504s & more
  • Trauma Informed Care

And our keynote luncheon speaker will be Collin Miller a former foster youth from El Paso County.
You will receive a full conference schedule after you complete your registration.

When:  Friday, February 9, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM MST
Where: Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Cost:  $35. Please let us know if you wish to attend and your Advocate Manager can assist with the registration costs.

To Register:  Click Here
Sexualized Behaviors in Children
Denver Children’s Advocacy Center presents Sexualized Behaviors in Children: an all-day workshop designed to address the complexities and challenges that professionals face when attempting to understand and address the sexualized behaviors displayed by many traumatized children.

When:  February 15th, 2018 from 9am to 3pm
Where:  Mile High United Way
To register:  Click Here

Consent for Medical and Behavioral Health Treatment
The following bulletin contains important information regarding proper consent to access Medical and Behavioral Health Information. Be Sure to give it a Read.  IM-OCYF-2017-0014[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”2″ accent_color=”#1e73be”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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

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