About CASA


Our mission is to provide well-trained, court-appointed volunteer advocates to abused and neglected children in Colorado’s 9th Judicial District. The program’s vision is to support a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every child it serves.


In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. Concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information, the judge began a program of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), which has since developed into a network of more than 933 CASA and guardian ad litem programs. These programs recruit, train and support volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

How CASA Volunteers Help Children

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.

CASA of the Ninth serves children in Pitkin, Garfield, and Rio Blanco counties. A wide variety of demographics and communities are served throughout this geographical area, and each community presents its own set of challenges and needs to be met. Because of the uniqueness of each community, it is important for courts to understand the full picture of a child’s life. This is the role CASAs can fill—providing input and the community’s voice with regard to the best solutions for the child. CASAs help by providing an objective view, outside of the social services system, as to the steps towards achieving a positive outcome for each child.

Our Partners

Our Staff

Christy Doyon, M.S.W.– Executive Director of CASA of the Ninth
P.O. Box 3004
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Phone: 970-987-4332

Email: christy@casaoftheninth.org

Mary Rippy– Advocate Supervisor of CASA of the Ninth
P.O. Box 3004
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Phone: 970-987-4332
Fax: 877-843-7630

Email: mary@casaoftheninth.org

Our CASA Volunteers

Click here to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer

Our Board

Denise Acee – President                                       Resa Hayes MA, NCC, LPCC- Vice President

Margo Young-Gardey  – Treasurer                 Jessica Owings – Secretary

Don DeFord, Esq.                                                     Laurie Feler, B.S.N., J.D.

Leslie Hatfield                                                           Joo Park, J.D.

Kimberly Gent, Esq.                                                Tony Hershey, J.D.