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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

A VOICE FOR CHILDREN IN THE COURT SYSTEM

Childhaven’s San Juan CASA Volunteers work with professionals in children’s civil court cases to speak for the best interests of child victims of abuse and neglect to assure they reach a safe and permanent home in a timely fashion. Once a CASA is appointed to a case, they become an official part of the judicial proceedings, working alongside attorneys and social workers as an appointed officer of the court to ensure that a child’s voice is heard.

In 2018, 71 CASA volunteers advocated for 156 children in active abuse and neglect cases. The Children’s Court Judges followed 92% of the recommendations made by the CASA volunteer in their 129 court reports in 2018. This represents 95% of the children that went before the Children’s Court Judge in SJC. In 2019, for the first time ever, 100% of the children in state legal custody are presently assigned a CASA volunteer to their case.


Become a CASA Volunteer

Applicants must:
  • Be 21 years of age
  • Pass a background check
  • Commit about 10 hours a month to the children in their caseload
  • Take our pre-service CASA training course (schedule below)

Questions? Contact our CASA Program Staff at (505) 592-0616.


Resources

CASA Volunteer Application


 




Affiliated with:

CASA For Children
PullTogether.org
National Children's Alliance
The Local United Way
CWLA
FFTA