May 18, 2021
Alison Hedgepath
CASA - 20 Years of Advocacy

Alison Hedgepath, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator. 1.5 years with CASA Jeffco/Gilpin

“CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are volunteers appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. A CASA volunteer acts as the voice of the child, offering another set of eyes and ears for the court. CASA volunteers might: help siblings find permanent homes together, help a child access needed services, advocate for tutoring/therapy/extracurricular activities, and make recommendations to the judge on placement.

CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is lucky to have the support of 329 active CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteers. Yet, we are only able to serve 34% of the cases that need a child advocate, leaving hundreds of children without a voice in our court system. The devastating effects of broken lives can be changed when a CASA volunteer steps up to advocate for abused and neglected children.

There are several ways to help CASA Jeffco/Gilpin: becoming a CASA volunteer, donating money, donating in-kind items (toys, books, clothing), sharing about CASA on social media or in your community groups.”