1. Contact Us
2. Attend an Info Session
We also offer in-person info sessions at our offices. Sign up to attend by completing our online RSVP Form.
Complete a Child Advocate application online. Though you may submit an application after attending the Information Session, we encourage you to submit it prior to attending so you are prepared for the next step.
After we have received your application and you have attended an Information Session, you will be ready to schedule an interview with a New Mexico Kids Matter staff member. If after the interview we determine a mutual fit, you will be invited to begin training.
You will begin training to learn how to be a successful advocate for a foster child. Training includes 30 hours of classroom and online training.
6. Meet Your Advocate Coach
At the mid-point in this training, you will be matched with an Advocate Coach who will work closely with you on your assigned case. They will provide information on resources and offer guidance and support throughout your Child Advocate service.
7. Graduate & Advocate
Upon completion of training and assignments, as well as the required security clearance (including criminal and driving record checks), you will graduate from training and be matched with your case child or children. You will have the opportunity to review their files and discuss the case with your Advocate Coach before accepting the match.
THE CURRENT NEED IN 2019
1,100 Children in Foster Care in Bernalillo County
100 Child Advocates with New Mexico Kids Matter
250 Foster Children served
We are working hard to serve twice as many foster children by growing our volunteer base.
What is the impact?
National CASA reports that children with CASA advocates are more likely to receive therapy, health care and education, more likely to do better in school, less likely to be bounced from one place to another, less likely to get stuck in long-term foster care and significantly more likely to reach safe, permanent homes.
A CASA volunteer is often the child’s only link to maintaining family connections and can be instrumental in identifying family members as temporary or permanent placement options.
Most importantly, children themselves report that they know and can rely on their CASA advocate.
For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place.