CASA, an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates is an organization that as stated on their website, “helps vulnerable children, offering awareness, advocacy and support.” CASA’s mentor …
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CASA, an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates is an organization that as stated on their website, “helps vulnerable children, offering awareness, advocacy and support.” CASA’s mentor children that have suffered abuse, neglect and domestic violence and as a result, have been placed in foster care. The CASA stays assigned to the child for the entirety of the child’s journey through the foster care system, advocating for them until they are placed in a permanent home. Rosanne and Steve Elkins, two CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties’ child advocates, received the CASA Advocate of the Year award from Colorado CASA for their dedicated service to the children’s support organization.
The CASA Advocate of the Year award recognizes select individuals who have made significant contributions in promoting the best interests and welfare of the children in their community. Nominations are received from CASA programs throughout the state. The Elkins were selected for their dedicated commitment to the children they worked with and for going the extra mile ensuring their safety, their access to community resources and developing a connection that had positive results. Recognition of a couple is rare.
In a press release, Steve Elkins said “It really takes a village of talented professionals and compassionate individuals to do this job. It’s a team effort.”
His wife, Rosanne Elkins, has been a solid foundation for her two CASA children in the two years she’s been mentoring.
Like his wife, Steve Elkins goes above and beyond to help his two CASA children. He has continuously supported the families of his CASA children by locating community resources for food and clothing. While he excels in finding resources for these families, Steve is also there to provide guidance and resources for other volunteers and organizes volunteer meetups.
The Elkins are two among more than 200 CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteers who advocate for children of abuse and neglect every year. CASA welcomes volunteers to help serve the children in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
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