CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates—Speak up for a child. Be the eyes and ears of the court and make a difference in a child's life.
You can be a powerful voice in a child’s life. Pre-service trainings are held in April and October. For more information, contact San Juan CASA Program Director Amy O’Neill at (505) 325-5358 ext. 180 or CASA Volunteer Coordinator Alysha Shipley at ext. 181. Email us here.
CASA volunteers provide hope for a brighter future for our children! Please help us make a difference!
The mission of the San Juan CASA Program is to support effective volunteer advocacy for the best interests of children caught up in our court system, and to ensure that every child has a safe, supportive and permanent home.
A CASA is a trained community volunteer appointed by the Children’s Court Judge to speak for the best interests of a child brought before the court due to abuse or neglect. Becoming a CASA volunteer is a chance to:
Give back to the community;
Take on a challenge, learn new things, make new friends;
Explore a career path;
Work alongside attorneys and social workers to better understand the system.
CASA volunteers benefit both the child and the court system by advocating for the child’s needs to all persons involved in the system.
CASA Helps Children Gain a Voice
All children have a right to a loving home. Yet each year in San Juan County, hundreds of children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families. Many of them are removed from their homes and placed in foster care or institutions. Eventually, they end up in court. Their only "crime" is that they have been victims. It is up to a judge to decide their future. Should they remain in foster care? Be reunited with their parents? Or be adopted? The CASA Volunteer is a voice for the child and paints a picture for the Judge to help them make an appropriate decision based on the child's individual needs.
San Juan County CASA Program Physical Address:
815 W Apache St. Farmington, NM
Mailing Address: Childhaven, 807 W. Apache St., Farmington Phone:(505) 325-5358 ext. 180 and 181.