About Youth Heartline

July 14, 2018

Not Rose.  Or M.

Time to share one of my most heartening experiences as a CASA, with a sweet little boy named M. M and I got along well from day one. Everything he needed, I worked on. We started a "book club" to help him work on his reading while making it fun. I atten...

June 30, 2018

The child welfare system, while obviously well-intended, can be challenging in a number of ways. Foster timeframes need to be long enough for parents to address the initial safety issues, but as short as possible to lessen impacts on the child. Children need to maintai...

June 16, 2018

When I first began working with Youth Heartline in Raton, my first case was with a little girl, E. E was two years old and had some developmental concerns--she didn't speak much and cried a lot during any kind of transition. This was the part of child advocacy that is...

June 1, 2018

Moving to a new town can be daunting. Moving for work can be both exciting and disorienting--one big thing has fallen into place (the job) but there's still lots left to consider. Perhaps the next biggest one is--where am I going to live?? Finding housing can feel like...

May 19, 2018

Through my involvement with CASA, I expected to connect with CASA volunteers in lots of ways. I expected that we'd share similar values about the importance of child well-being. I expected that we'd learn more about our communities together. I even anticipated that we'...

April 20, 2018

SmArt House/Field Institute Bike Skills Rodeo -  4.10.18

When I was growing up, a bike was a treasured thing.  It was the first real sign of independence.  I could go a lot more different places without having to be taken there by my parents or my friends' parents...

March 2, 2018

[This post was written by Rose Matzkin, Youth Heartline's Raton Staff Advocate.  It has been lightly edited for clarity.]

I have the pleasure of being the CASA for a foster child named J, who is living with a family a couple hours outside of my town. I don’t get to see...

January 27, 2018

I wear a few hats at Youth Heartline, which shouldn't be too surprising, given the nature of small non-profits.  One of the hats I wear is as the facilitator for a curriculum for young men called Council for Boys and Young Men.

It's a group-based program that really tri...