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Court Appointed Special Advocates

Youth Heartline is the CASA program for the 8th Judicial District of New Mexico.  CASA began in 1977 when a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of volunteers in the courtroom speaking up for the best interests of children who had experienced neglect or abuse. CASA is now a network of nearly 950 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

How CASA's Make a Difference

Children in foster care who have a CASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. They are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. As a volunteer, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in your community. 

CHANGE A CHILD'S STORY

CASA Volunteers:​

  • complete a 30 hour online, guided training

  • help foster children navigate the court system

  • advocate for the best interests of foster children

  • play an essential role in a foster child's life

Our CASA staff will support you throughout your service.  We look forward to talking with you.  Contact us today

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