An estimated 200 children from the First Judicial District spend time in foster care each year. They are innocent victims who have been taken away from their homes through no fault of their own, but due to parental maltreatment. Once removed, the children are under Court jurisdiction until a judge determines the home is safe for return. If reunification cannot occur, the child continues to live in foster care until an adoption or guardianship can be arranged. Sadly, many children are never adopted and spend their childhoods in foster care.
CASAs play an integral role in improving the foster care system and supporting each child. Many studies show that foster children with CASAs are happier and healthier. Because they have the encouragement and advocacy of a supportive adult, they do better in school and get better grades. They are as much as 50% more likely to avoid the at-risk behaviors that lead to negative outcomes. This is why CASA’s role in the community is such an important one.
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New Mexico Hotline:#SAFE (#7233) from a cell phone or 1-855-333-SAFE