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'...

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...

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Youth Heartline is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1991 with offices in Taos and Raton, NM.  YHL provides essential child services to over 250 children and youth each year, including foster kids.

Our mission is to make life safer and better for vulnerable children and families in our community.

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