Human Services

CASA Partners 4NMKIDS

aka Sandoval County CASA

RIO RANCHO, NM

Mission

To provide effective volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children involved in the court system and ensure that they have a safe, stable and permanent home in a timely manner. CASA Partners 4NMKIDS serves the children in both Sandoval and Valencia Counties in New Mexico.

Ruling Year

1998

Executive Director

Ginny Thomas

Main Address

PO Box 44184

RIO RANCHO, NM 87174 USA

Formerly Known As

Sandoval County CASA

Keywords

children, child, abuse, neglect, foster, court, volunteer, legal, youth, advocacy

EIN

74-2846979

 Number

3672833834

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

CASA Partners 4NMKIDS , a volunteer-driven 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, is committed to advocating for the best interest of every abused and neglected child who ends up in the foster care system in Sandoval and Valencia County. We train, support and supervise highly educated volunteer advocates for these children and to ensure that their needs do not get lost in the overburdened legal and foster care systems. Serving Sandoval County since 1998 and Valencia County since 2016, we work with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), the 13th Judicial District Court, and numerous providers to ensure the safety and well-being of all foster children in Sandoval and Valencia County.

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Our programs

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Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is to have a highly trained and professionally supported CASA volunteer advocate appointed to every case and every child in CYFD custody. This commitment provides value to the community in that social workers and courts receive more information to help them do their jobs more effectively, the children have an independent voice in court that is concerned with their best interest, families have someone trying to identify their strengths as well as their obstacles to progress, and the community has another set of eyes and ears for our most vulnerable children.

Better outcomes for children in foster care directly benefit the children and their families. Statistics show that children with a CASA spend 7.5 months less in foster care, experience fewer out of home placements, and have significantly improved educational performance. More than 90% of children with a CASA never reenter the child welfare system, compared with 63% of the general foster care population. This outcome also results in significant savings in child welfare expenses. Children with a CASA, and their families, receive more court-ordered services because of the volunteer’s detailed knowledge of the child’s circumstances, but these services are more carefully targeted and monitored also resulting in a more effective use of service dollars.

Our organization has continued to grow and expand our programs. We started in Sandoval county in 1998 and have grown the program to cover 100% of the children in foster care with a CASA volunteer advocate. We took over the Valencia County program in 2016 with a 6% rate of coverage. We have grown the program to cover 49% of the children in the foster care system. We will continue to expand our program until every child has been assigned a CASA volunteer advocate.

We are a part of the National CASA program and a member in good standing with that organization. We track our volunteers and cases on a monthly basis. We collect data from our volunteers monthly and report this information to the Administrative Office of the Courts. We also collect and report data for the various grants we receive, including a Victims of Crime grant. We have also worked diligently to be fiscally responsible in order to sustain our programs. Our Board of Directors works closely with our administrative staff to ensure we are in compliance with all state and federal regulations. We expanded our Sandoval County program from 88% coverage in 2017 to 100% coverage today. Our Valencia County coverage increased from 13% coverage in 2017 to 49% coverage today. We have added a social media platform through our website and Facebook. Our donations have increased from just over $5,000.00 in 2017 to over $25,000.00 in 2019.

We have grown our program and expanded into a second county. Our program is financially stable and continues to support our goal and mission. We expanded our Sandoval County program from 88% coverage in 2017 to 100% coverage today. Our Valencia County coverage increased from 13% coverage in 2017 to 49% coverage today. During this time of growth we have continued to strengthen our financial status and have been fortunate to receive substantial grants and donations. Our ultimate goal is to serve all children in foster care in our two counties. We are well on the way to this goal even as the number of children in foster care and the severity of the cases is increasing. We have been able attract incredible volunteers who are committed to the CASA program and to our kids. We will continue to grow and strengthen our program by incorporating best practices in all areas.

How We Listen

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check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: case management notes, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We instituted a Volunteer Committee made up of 6 volunteer advocates representing our the two counties we serve. This committee will meet monthly and will have one member report to the Board of Directors with any suggestions, concerns, etc.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes