CASA Volunteer

Advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, Montezuma, and Dolores counties.



Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA) is a national program that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

A CASA is a volunteer assigned to a case within the Dependency and Neglect (D&N) System to ensure the best interest of the child(ren). CASA volunteers tip the scales for children. We serve La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores, Archuleta, and San Juan Counties.

Volunteer Tasks Include

  • Gather information about the child or children on your case,
  • Report to the court by submitting a written report detailing the information gathered, including concerns and recommendations,
  • Advocate for the child or children’s best interest, and
  • Monitor the child or children in the case to ensure they are receiving the services and advocacy needed.

CASA Volunteer Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Complete 32 hours of initial CASA training
  • Criminal (State/National) Background Check
  • Sexual Offender Registry Searches (last 5 years)
  • Child Abuse Registry Checks (last 7 years)
  • DMV Check
  • Fingerprints
  • Attend a least 12 hours of continued education
  • Commit to at least 8 hours, bi-weekly

CASA Volunteer Information

Being a CASA volunteer does not require any special education or background – just the desire to help an abused and neglected child find a safe, permanent home. Perhaps you would like to impact a child’s future and are interested in court-appointed advocacy, but need to know more. If you are interested in volunteering for CASA of the Southwest, please fill out the contact form below for more information OR download the CASA application, fill it out, and send it to