Fourth Judicial District New Mexico CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Fourth Judicial District New Mexico CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
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Legal Authority:

Supreme Court Ruliing 10-164 gives authority to a children's court judge to appoint a special advocate (CASA) to assist in any children's court proceedings.

The CASA is to assist the court in determining the best interest of the child. They are to investigate the facts of the situation as directed by the court and submit a report to all parties subsequent to adjudication.

A court order is issued to the CASA which waives the provisions of the children's code relating to confidentiality and gives them the authority to obtain information from any agency, hospital , school, organization, or office. This includes Department of Human Services, Department of Children Youth and Families,, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists and police departments. They have the authority to carefully inspect all records.                                                                                

 

Volunteer of the Month

Judy Bennett
 
Judy has been a CASA volunteer for over four years, since March of 2012.  She and her husband Don retired to rural NM a few years before that and have been active in volunteer programs such as Amnesty International and the Lion's Club.  Prior to retirement Judy had an active career as a librarian, many years of which were as a children's librarian. 
 
During her time as a CASA, the children Judy has worked with have often been moved out of town, due to lack of foster homes in LasVegas.  Every time, Judy has remained devoted to her CASA kids and has travelled to their new homes, as far as Albuquerque, Espanola and Santa Rosa, to visit and spend time with them.  She has been especially involved in seeing that the children she works with have continuity in their education.
 
Along with her volunteer activities, Judy is an avid reader, enjoys hiking and music and spending time with her big, shaggy dog!
 
So, a special thank you to Judy for her dedication to CASA and the special children whose lives she's been part of!
 

 

 

CASA Board and Staff

Board 

       

        

 

       Katie McDonough. Vice-president

        jkm@cybermesa.com

 

       Pamela G. Daves,  Secretary/treasurer

        pgdaves@aim.com

 

       Tren Hillis

         tkhcmh@desertgate.com

 

       Charles "Chuck" Searcy

         cjsearcy@q.com

 

        Margaret Pino

          mpino24@hotmail.com

 

        Bernedette Lujan

          drbjoylu@gmail.com

      

 

CASA Staff 

 

        Dr. Phyllis S Martinez, Executive Director

        P.O. Box 1495

        #18 Gallegos Street

         Las Vegas, NM 87701 

         505-454-0223

         casafourth@hotmail.com

 

         JoAnn LaFerriere, Volunteer Coordinator

         P.O. Box 1495

          # 18 Gallegos Street

         Las Vegas NM 87701

         505-454-0223

         casafourth@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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