Interdisciplinary Committees (IDCs)
In the state of Colorado, there are groups of professionals who work with cases involving child custody who have banded together to do work individually that benefits children and to advance education in the best interest of children. There are two separate interdisciplinary groups in Colorado, one in Metropolitan Denver and the other is in Boulder. Each group has a website on line and each group has a membership directory. Members include mental health professionals, attorneys, consultants, mediators, arbitrators, child and family investigators, parental responsibility evaluators, and community service organizations. Links to the Metropolitan Denver IDC and Boulder lDC are as follows:
Association for Conflict Resolution. ACR is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. http://www.acrnet.org
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. AFCC is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. http:/www.afccnet.org Colorado Chapter: http://www.coafcc.org
Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations. CCMO is dedicated to providing leadership and support to the mediation profession, and information to the public. www.coloradomediation.org
Colorado Judicial Branch. http://www.courts.state.co.us
Colorado Legal Services. ClS provides assistance for low-income Coloradans seeking legal assistance and Colorado legal advocates. http://www.coloradolegalservices.org
Denver Bar Association. http://www.denbar.org
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center
The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center is a nonprofit law firm serving 1,500 children each year, primarily those in foster care. Their staff attorneys serve as court-appointed guardians ad litem who represent and protect the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in open Colorado Department of Human Services cases. They also provide education programs for judges, fellow attorneys, law students and foster parents.
FACES: Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support
FACES IS a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Their mission is to prevent child abuse, neglect, and family violence.
Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS)—Honoring Families Initiative
IIALS is a national, independent research center at the University of Denver dedicated to the continuous improvement of the civil justice system. Honoring Families is an initiative of IAALS dedicated to advancing empirically informed models to ensure greater accessibility, efficiency, and fairness in divorce and child custody matters.
CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocate”—volunteers who are assigned by a judge to a case within the dependency and neglect (D & N) system. Children in such cases are the victims of abuse and neglect and are removed from their homes and families during the process.
The Colorado Bar Association (CBA)
The Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section compiles a Directory of Experts for Use in Family Law Cases. This Directory is updated biannually and contains experts such as custody evaluators, CFI’s, psychologists, real estate appraisers, CPAs, business evaluators, etc. It is possible to purchase this Directory from the CBA Family Law Section by contacting the Family Law Section liaison at 303-860-1115.
Metro Volunteer Lawyers provides free and low-cost civil legal services to those in need. Need help? Call (303)-837-1313.
Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit corporation that has assisted persons with low income and seniors in the State of Colorado for more than 85 years. The mission of Colorado Legal Services is to provide meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services in the pursuit of justice for as many low-income persons and members of vulnerable population throughout Colorado as possible.
Student Legal Services of the University of Colorado at Boulder can help you prevent legal problems from getting out of control Student Legal Services is exclusively for students at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The Legal Center for Persons with Disabilities and Older People
The Legal Center protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct representation, advocacy, and legislative analysis.
Safehouse is a full-service domestic violence and sexual assault center that provides emergency shelter and comprehensive support services to victims.
Colorado Psychological Association
The CPA advances the profession through advocacy and education for the promotion of psychological health and well-being. A membership directory is on their website and information to find a psychologist.