Become a CASA Volunteer

Volunteer today to improve the well-being of abused and neglected children.

What is a CASA?

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASAs are volunteers of all backgrounds who make a commitment to advocate for the needs of the child or sibling group with whom they are matched.

It is the only program of its kind with volunteers empowered directly by the courts to provide children with one-on-one advocacy.

Make an Impact

Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child.


There are over 2,000 New Mexico children in foster care and each child spends on average more than one year in care.


CASA volunteers. Judges depend on CASA volunteers to make informed decisions about children in care.

To become a CASA Volunteer means you are:

By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help provide a voice for children who have been abused or neglected. CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interests in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life.


  • Willing to commit at least one year of your time (on average, volunteers spend 10-20 hours a month on their case);
  • Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing;
  • Willing to participate in an in-depth training program;
  • Able to pass National & Local criminal background checks, and also CYFD history background checks; and be
  • Over age 21