Child abuse calls rising in El Paso Co., local organization needs community’s help

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CASA of the Pikes Peak Region launched their community campaign with a reception at the Pioneers Museum on Wednesday night. The campaign ensures a voice in court for every abused and neglected child in need of advocacy in the Pikes Peak region. 

The Pikes Peak region has the highest number of calls made to the child abuse and neglect hotline in the entire state of Colorado. Last year, that hotline received over 16,000 calls. 

CASA is the only organization in the Pikes Peak region that provides a voice in court for children who are caught up in the family court system. A CASA is a court appointed special advocate for children.

CASA currently serves over 70 percent of the children in need with advocates but there are hundreds more children still waiting, The community campaign hopes to close that gap. 

Deeann Rothstein has been a CASA volunteer for eight years. She said the job is heartbreaking but also rewarding. 

“It gives me joy to be able to be a constant in these children’s lives,” Rothstein said, “To know that they have one person in their life that they can trust, because sometimes they don’t have anybody they can trust, and a CASA is that person.”

Rothstein said there are children in our community who need a CASA. “There’s a child out there who may not have anybody that they can trust, and if we can serve that child and every other child that doesn’t have a CASA, it’s what this organization is about.”

CASA Executive Director, Angela Rose, also said this job is rewarding. 

“It fills my heart with joy to know that we’re getting these kids who were in a bad place to a safe and permanent place,” Rose said.

To donate or become a volunteer contact CASA here

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