CHAVES COUNTY CASA ADVOCACY
A CASA is a volunteer appointed by the Children's Court of The Fifth Judicial District to ensure the needs of a child who may have been neglected or abused are being met. In order to do this, the CASA must investigate the facts of the case, recommend a course of action to the court, facilitate the resolution of the presenting problems, and monitor progress toward established goals.
INTENSIVE YOUTH ADVOCACY PROGRAMS
Intensive Youth Advocacy is a groundbreaking project of Chaves County CASA which seeks to thwart the generational progression of poverty and crime by providing kids in the Juvenile Justice System a range of sound and constructive solutions to the problems they face. Because so many of these stem directly from traumatic physical and sexual abuse, CASA employs a number of highly trained advocates and youth mentors who join meaningful court advocacy with creative programs and alternative education support to ensure the best possible outcomes. The importance of these interventions is indicated by a recent finding that fully 85 percent of participating youth attend school, meet court obligations and remain arrest-free during enrollment.
For More Information About Visitation Services Call (575) 625-0112 or E-mail Us
Another indispensable service administered through Chaves County CASA is the Supervised Access and Visitation Program which provides a safe, neutral and comfortable place for children and non-custodial parents to visit and maintain family ties, whatever else may be happening in their lives. Because children have a need to love their parents and to feel loved in return, the program is dedicated to preserving parent-child relationships, focusing primarily on resolving conflicts related to child custody and visitation. Chaves County CASA maintains strict neutrality, playing an unbiased role in the facilitation of meetings and taking no position between parents. Our Supervised Visitation Center furnishes a relaxed and home-like environment for these encounters, with the safety of clients assured by expert staff and a comprehensive security system. The program also facilitates in-home and other off-site visitations including some with incarcerated parents as provided for by the courts.
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COURTHOUSE FACILITY DOG
The job of these dogs is to help give strength to the child victims and make their journey through the judicial process a little easier. Because of their specialized training, they can accompany child victims to the courtroom.
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Free Play therapy provides a way for people to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others.
CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER
HOPE & HEALING FOR FAMILIES IN CRISISThe goal of the CACs is to provide critical services to children who are survivors or witnesses of physical and sexual abuse.
Helping families develop positive parenting skills including:
• Positive Self Worth, Empathy, Empowerment and Strong Will, Structure and Non-Violent Discipline, Laughter, Humor and Play
• Parents and children work together in this innovative and effective program
• Taught by certified, experienced professionals.
• Both court ordered and self-referred families are welcome.
CASA KIDS & CHRISTMAS STORE
Children are often removed from abusive homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. To meet the emergency needs of these kids Chaves County CASA accepts donations of new and unused clothes, toiletries, towels, bedding, baby products and toys. Once a year CASA opens the doors of its Christmas Store where foster parents and our neediest families can shop for free from hundreds of gifts provided by supporters in the local community.
CASA's Kinship Care offers an assortment of services, programs and support for people who step up to care for other's children under the age of 18, including: Information and resource referrals, case management services, assistance with Medicaid, legal resource information and supervised visitation services. CASA's Caregivers Assistance Program is an outreach program designed to assure the safety and well being of these high risk children.
Mediation is a process used to help people reach agreements. A neutral, trained mediator helps families discuss conflicts, explore possible options for settlement, and identify solutions that best meet the needs of each person involved. Mediation is available on a sliding fee scale basis.