CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA) — formerly "Voices for Children" — has come "home" again, officially returning to its original name, "CASA of the 7th Judicial District."
Founded in 2000, CASA serves abused and neglected children in the six counties that comprise the 7th Judicial District: Delta, Gunnison, Hins-dale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties.
CASA operates offices in Montrose, Gunnison and Delta counties.
"While 'Voices for Children' is a great tagline that reflects what we do, returning to our original name better reflects who we are and emphasizes our service to children throughout the district," explained development director Stacey Ryan.
CASA provides highly trained and dedicated volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and find themselves in the courts and child welfare systems through no fault of their own.
"We are accredited with the National CASA Association and are one of 16 member programs with CASA in Colorado," explained executive director Karen Tuttle. "Our name now best reflects our connection to our national and state programs — and that we are a regional agency serving the entire 7th Judicial District."
CASA's mission is to help to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and advocate for safe, permanent, nurturing homes for children, utilizing highly trained and dedicated volunteers.