Eight Pikes Peak area residents recently became volunteer facilitators of CASA’s Supervised Exchange & Parenting Time program when they were sworn in before Fourth Judicial District Judge Jill Brady. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the El Paso County Courthouse on June 29, and it was the final step on the journey to becoming a SEPT volunteer.

The new volunteers underwent 15 hours of training on topics such as mental health, substance abuse, cultural awareness and the effects of domestic violence on children. These new volunteers can now sign up for shifts to work at CASA’s SEPT Visitor Center where they will monitor court-ordered supervised parenting time and document their observations for the court.

The role of the SEPT Volunteer is essential in ensuring that children in our community can maintain safe relationships with non-custodial parents when there is a court order in place for supervised parenting time. New SEVEN volunteers Geoff Bommelaere, Kristen Miles, April Christie, Janet Lovelace, Sarina Peters, Andres Diaz de Ramon, Jacqueline Ferguson and Valerie Hernandez.

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is a 501©(3) charitable organization founded in 1989 as a local program of the National CASA Association. Serving El Paso and Teller Counties, the organization’s primary mission is to recruit, train, and support citizen volunteers in its Dependency & Neglect program to provide voice and advocacy for victims of child abuse and of child neglect. The nonprofit organization also runs the SEPT program, Milton Foster Children’s Fund and the Hanger, and Children & Families in Transition. With 340 volunteers contributing approximately 14,000 hours in fiscal year 2020-21, Pikes Peak Area CASA provided advocates for 600 children and served a total of 1,340 children in three programs. For more information, visit casappr.org.