Advocating for Children
The Rio Grande Valley Court Appointed Special Advocate program’s mission is to support effective volunteer advocacy in the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the Seventh Judicial District court system.
Our vision is to ensure that every child has a safe, loving and permanent home.
311 N. Broadway, PO Box 293
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
Executive Director, Phyllis Mecca
What we do:
What is CASA?
CASA stands for: Court Appointed Special Advocates: and we specifically deal with children.
CASA volunteers work on cases within the Seventh Judicial District an speak on behalf of children involved.
RGVCASA is a member of the Nationwide CASA program.
Volunteers will also need to investigate assigned cases. As a sworn CASA, volunteers will have access to all court related documents, medical records, school and counseling reports.
national Casa mission
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.
Utilizing access to the aformentioned information, CASA volunteers will proceed to make a recommendation to the court on behalf of the child/children invovled. This recommendation will be made in the best interest of the child/children, and will be justified by the CASA assigned to the case.
CASA volunteers will assist with cases that they are appointed to within the 7th Judicial Court District in central New Mexico. Volunteers will be asked to monitor cases, treatments, and progressions related to individuals in specific cases.
Accommodation and facilitation are sometimes required as a volunteer CASA. We are here to fight for the best interest of the child/children, and we should be able to communicate with other involved organizations as well as the court and legal representatives. CASA's will speak with as many people involved in the case as possible, in order to help advocate in the best interest of the children.