CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates
Created in 1996, San Juan County CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children involved in the court system. A CASA is a trained, community volunteer appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child in court. Once a CASA is appointed to a case, they become an official part of the judicial proceeding, working alongside attorneys and social workers as an appointed officer. Over 85% of the recommendations made by the CASA volunteers have been followed by the judges. CASA volunteers provide more than 4500 hours of service to over 180 children annually.