CASA of the Southwest
Cortez Office
PO Box 1626
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: (970) 564-0301

Durango Office
102 West 18th Street
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: (970) 259-0310

"Helping to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect
through advocacy and interaction."

CASA of the Southwest has been active in the Cortez Community advocating for children who are abused or neglected and for children at risk for abuse and neglect since 2004. CASA staff has participated in the Child Protection Team for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Montelores Early Childhood Council, Meth Coalition, Hope After Meth, School Community Youth Coalition for Montezuma and Dolores Counties and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Violence Prevention Coalition, and Best Practice Team for the Court.

We look forward to training more volunteers this year with the hope of providing advocacy to 100% of the eligible children.

The CASA of the Southwest program partners with Wal-Mart to provide food to local families in need. Each month, approximately $1,500 in goods is distributed through this partnership.

One of the goals of Colorado CASA is to ensure that CASA services are available in every Judicial District in Colorado. Colorado CASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support to CASA organizations statewide.

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ABOUT WINDOW COVERING SAFETY MONTH

October is National Window Covering Safety Month and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is urging parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords which can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. The WCSC and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommend that only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.

According to the CPSC, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window cords.

To maximize window cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:

  • Install only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in homes with young children.  Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies with products that are cordless or have inaccessible cords, such as those marked with the Best for Kids™ label certification which enables you to easily identify products best suited for homes with young children.
  • Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • When window cords are present, ensure that all window cords are out of sight and reach, by shortening or tying them up and away, so that they are inaccessible to young children.

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