Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits and trains community volunteers to provide unbiased advocacy for foster children from birth to 18 years of age. Each of the children served are victims of abuse and/or neglect to the degree that the State of New Mexico is compelled to protect them by placing them in foster care. CASA of Lea County, Inc. was incorporated in 2003. The agency’s mission has evolved from solely providing volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to victims of child abuse and neglect to the broad philosophy that we strive to make Lea County, New Mexico a safer environment for all children via CASA court advocacy, Family Time Visitation Center’s various services and the Canine Companion Program.
In our sixteen-year history, CASA of Lea County has formed collaborative relationships throughout the community to serve the best interest of children in need and has received national recognition for our innovative volunteer recruitment program within the Hobbs Municipal School District. Since 2005 CASA volunteers and staff have stood up and provided a powerful voice for close to 683 children in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. CASA is serving each Lea County child who is in foster care today. Children are assigned to trained volunteer advocates. For any child in the legal system waiting for their own CASA volunteer, CASA provides court room advocacy in their best interest. The Children’s Court Judge listens to and carefully considers CASA driven recommendations and observations at each hearing called for every child in the foster care system in Lea County.