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