Local CASA group forms non-profit corporation

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Northwest Rocky Mountain Court –Appointed Special Advocates since forming in 2008 has worked with the state-wide coordinating agency Colorado CASA to give abused and neglected children a voice in court proceedings.

With the help of a local steering community, NWRM CASA on January 1 became an independent not for profit corporation serving the 14th Judicial District comprised of Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, the organization said in a news release.

“It is a big step to take on the responsibilities once performed for us by Colorado CASA,” board President Kim Linin, from Grand County, said in the release. “Our Goal is to build a locally-based organization to successfully meet the needs of victims of child abuse and neglect.”

The newly formed organization has a three-person board of directors with a representative from each county in addition to Executive Director Valerie McCarthy who works out of Steamboat Springs, according to the news release. Each county also has an outreach committee to assist with fundraising and publicity.

According the organization’s website, NWRM CASA operates “on the belief that every child has the right to grow up in a safe and permanent home.”

The organization woks to achieve this goal by training volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system to make sure these children’s needs are being met. CASA volunteers are often the only positive influence in a child’s life, according to the news release.

“A CASA volunteer is a lifeline to a safer world for a child,” Linin said in the release.

Like before, NWRM CASA will rely heavily on community support for both publicity and fundraising, according to the release.

“The local communities have been very supportive of the CASA program which has been essential in securing other funding sources,” McCarthy said in the release. “I cannot thank the community enough for their continued support to serve our youth. In the last three years we have quadrupled the number of children we have served.”

For more information about NWRM CASA and its fundraising events, visit www.nwrmcasa.org or call (970) 819-6233.

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