NM Kids Matter - CASA

NM Kids Matter - CASA 2340 Alamo Ave. SE, Ste 112 ABQ NM 87106
505.903.0305
www.nmkidsmatter.org Sometimes the work of a CASA volunteer and its lasting impact on a child’s life is hard to understand.
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CASA is part of a complex system created to protect our children. A child is removed from home when abuse or neglect is confirmed. A court case is opened and the child may be placed in foster care or with extended family. A judge hears the facts about the child’s situation and appoints a trained CASA volunteer. This volunteer makes independent and informed recommendations that help the judge decide what’s best for the child. During the time a child is in foster care, he or she may live in numerous foster homes, change schools several times, and have a series of professionals in his or her life, but the CASA volunteer remains constant.

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PLEASE SHARE! Hey local businesses! Are you looking for a way to get involved and help our community? We are looking for...
05/12/2021

PLEASE SHARE!

Hey local businesses! Are you looking for a way to get involved and help our community? We are looking for Community Partners to help us recruit new CASAs, and we want to work with you! We have lots of ideas, and we are sure you do too! Let's put our heads together and make sure every foster child in Bernalillo County has an advocate in their corner. For more information, please send us a DM or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to working with you!

PLEASE SHARE!

Hey local businesses! Are you looking for a way to get involved and help our community? We are looking for Community Partners to help us recruit new CASAs, and we want to work with you! We have lots of ideas, and we are sure you do too! Let's put our heads together and make sure every foster child in Bernalillo County has an advocate in their corner. For more information, please send us a DM or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to working with you!

The most important part of caring for others is caring for yourself  first! 💙
05/11/2021

The most important part of caring for others is caring for yourself first! 💙

Make today incredible with these self-care tips from Pixar characters! ✨

To all our amazing nurses who have been life savers over the last year, we are forever in your debt. Words can't describ...
05/07/2021

To all our amazing nurses who have been life savers over the last year, we are forever in your debt. Words can't describe how important you are. Thank you for doing what you do. You are so loved! Happy National Nurses day!

To all our amazing nurses who have been life savers over the last year, we are forever in your debt. Words can't describe how important you are. Thank you for doing what you do. You are so loved! Happy National Nurses day!

We have an Info Session this Friday at 10am! If you are thinking about becoming a CASA but don't know where to start, si...
05/04/2021

We have an Info Session this Friday at 10am! If you are thinking about becoming a CASA but don't know where to start, sign up to learn all about us and how you can change a child's story.

https://apps.nmkidsmatter.org/volunteer-opportunities?VO=1

We have an Info Session this Friday at 10am! If you are thinking about becoming a CASA but don't know where to start, sign up to learn all about us and how you can change a child's story.

https://apps.nmkidsmatter.org/volunteer-opportunities?VO=1

It's Superhero Day! Marvel? DC? Never heard of them! The only Superheroes we care about are our CASAs who fight for the ...
04/28/2021

It's Superhero Day! Marvel? DC? Never heard of them! The only Superheroes we care about are our CASAs who fight for the kids in foster care. Their super power is advocating for the children who need it most, and we can't think of a better power to have. Tag a CASA in the comments below to let them know how awesome they are!

It's Superhero Day! Marvel? DC? Never heard of them! The only Superheroes we care about are our CASAs who fight for the kids in foster care. Their super power is advocating for the children who need it most, and we can't think of a better power to have. Tag a CASA in the comments below to let them know how awesome they are!

Check out what's happening at the Albuquerque Little Theater!
04/26/2021

Check out what's happening at the Albuquerque Little Theater!

OPENING DAY IS ALMOST HERE! COME HANG WITH US!

Our AFMX/ALT drive-in movie opening day is STAR WARS on Tuesday, May 4 then MAMMA MIA on May 7, and STEEL MAGNOLIAS on May 8. Here is the complete drive-in movie schedule. https://www.afmxnm.com/drive-in-schedule

If you are interested, please check out the quick and easy Drive-In Volunteer Sign-up sheet! Here you can decide which positions and what days you'd like to volunteer. It takes a quick minute so please take a gander. https://www.afmxnm.com/drive-in-volunteer-sign-up

Our hope is to create a huge pool of movie-loving, community-growing, fun-loving peeps geared to help fundraise for AFMX and Albuquerque Little Theatre. Please remember 25% of all proceeds go directly to ALT, so this is a great opportunity to help two great arts organizations at once!

We are excited to kick off our 2021 Drive-In Movies series with you! Please come on by and join us!

#afmxnm #alt #unm ##DriveIns #WeDo Albuquerque Film Office Support Film: New Mexico and Beyond New Mexico Film Office Film and Digital Arts, University of New Mexico

Happy #FeelGoodFriday! This week's story is short, but it is oh so sweet!We recently had a Youth change foster homes, an...
04/23/2021

Happy #FeelGoodFriday! This week's story is short, but it is oh so sweet!

We recently had a Youth change foster homes, and unfortunately many of their belongings were misplaced during the move. Our team and our volunteers jumped into action immediately and we were able to replace their missing items. This is just one example of how amazing our network is every single day!

Happy #FeelGoodFriday! This week's story is short, but it is oh so sweet!

We recently had a Youth change foster homes, and unfortunately many of their belongings were misplaced during the move. Our team and our volunteers jumped into action immediately and we were able to replace their missing items. This is just one example of how amazing our network is every single day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Today is a great day to get outside and make your community sparkle! We would like to challen...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Today is a great day to get outside and make your community sparkle! We would like to challenge everyone to pick up any litter they see today (yes, even the plastic bag stuck in that tree). Small steps lead to big changes!

If you would like to make an even bigger impact, that happens at the voting booth! We deserve leaders that will put our planet before profit to ensure a habitable world for generations to come. New Mexico Kids Matter, and because of that, we need to keep our little blue marble in good shape!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Today is a great day to get outside and make your community sparkle! We would like to challenge everyone to pick up any litter they see today (yes, even the plastic bag stuck in that tree). Small steps lead to big changes!

If you would like to make an even bigger impact, that happens at the voting booth! We deserve leaders that will put our planet before profit to ensure a habitable world for generations to come. New Mexico Kids Matter, and because of that, we need to keep our little blue marble in good shape!

Every Tuesday can be #GivingTuesday! Did you know you can donate to us just by shopping with AmazonSmile? It's super sim...
04/20/2021

Every Tuesday can be #GivingTuesday! Did you know you can donate to us just by shopping with AmazonSmile? It's super simple to set us up as your beneficiary, and there are millions of products that are AmazonSmile eligible! Click the link to learn more!

https://amzn.to/2RLpFAZ

Every Tuesday can be #GivingTuesday! Did you know you can donate to us just by shopping with AmazonSmile? It's super simple to set us up as your beneficiary, and there are millions of products that are AmazonSmile eligible! Click the link to learn more!

https://amzn.to/2RLpFAZ

It's #FeelGoodFriday! This week, our story comes from our Family Finding Department!Our Family Finding Department works ...
04/16/2021

It's #FeelGoodFriday! This week, our story comes from our Family Finding Department!

Our Family Finding Department works in collaboration with CYFD for Bernalillo County to search for family members of children in the foster care system. They also search for the families of children who may end up in the system, temporarily or not, if there is no family found that may be able to provide a home for them.

Earlier this month our Family Finding Specialist, Cher Baca, received a request for help with finding a family member. The child had been raised in NM with his maternal grandmother.

The only information that the CYFD Investigator had for the child’s family was the deceased father’s name and the name of the paternal grandfather. The investigator had no information on where the grandfather may live, his date of birth, or any other identifying information.

Working with her special database and limited details, Cher was able to find a connection between the father and grandfather and she passed that information along to the investigator.

Within 30 minutes of sending the report to CYFD, Cher received this email:
“Cher! You have connected a grandchild with his paternal grandfather! They lost contact with each other in 2013 after the death of the father. The guardian/maternal grandmother who is caring for the child expressed concern that if something would happen to her, the child would end up in foster care! With your assistance, they will be connected.”

This is just one of many beautiful stories that showcase the important work that we offer to the children of Bernalillo county. In this case, Cher proved just how important her work is and how a child’s future can be changed in as little as 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, not all cases end as quickly and as positive as this case. As a non-profit organization, funding for searches such as this can be scarce, making it impossible to help every case that comes our way. If you would like to make a donation and assist in changing a child’s life, please visit our website at the link below.

https://bit.ly/3mRFq55

Let's show Cher some love in the comments! 💙

It's #FeelGoodFriday! This week, our story comes from our Family Finding Department!

Our Family Finding Department works in collaboration with CYFD for Bernalillo County to search for family members of children in the foster care system. They also search for the families of children who may end up in the system, temporarily or not, if there is no family found that may be able to provide a home for them.

Earlier this month our Family Finding Specialist, Cher Baca, received a request for help with finding a family member. The child had been raised in NM with his maternal grandmother.

The only information that the CYFD Investigator had for the child’s family was the deceased father’s name and the name of the paternal grandfather. The investigator had no information on where the grandfather may live, his date of birth, or any other identifying information.

Working with her special database and limited details, Cher was able to find a connection between the father and grandfather and she passed that information along to the investigator.

Within 30 minutes of sending the report to CYFD, Cher received this email:
“Cher! You have connected a grandchild with his paternal grandfather! They lost contact with each other in 2013 after the death of the father. The guardian/maternal grandmother who is caring for the child expressed concern that if something would happen to her, the child would end up in foster care! With your assistance, they will be connected.”

This is just one of many beautiful stories that showcase the important work that we offer to the children of Bernalillo county. In this case, Cher proved just how important her work is and how a child’s future can be changed in as little as 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, not all cases end as quickly and as positive as this case. As a non-profit organization, funding for searches such as this can be scarce, making it impossible to help every case that comes our way. If you would like to make a donation and assist in changing a child’s life, please visit our website at the link below.

https://bit.ly/3mRFq55

Let's show Cher some love in the comments! 💙

The first step to becoming a CASA is attending an info session! Sessions generally last about an hour and we are happy t...
04/14/2021

The first step to becoming a CASA is attending an info session! Sessions generally last about an hour and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about our organization. Please visit https://bit.ly/2Q5Qe2Y to register!

The first step to becoming a CASA is attending an info session! Sessions generally last about an hour and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about our organization. Please visit https://bit.ly/2Q5Qe2Y to register!

You don't have to wait until November to to celebrate #GivingTuesday! We are always accepting donations, and each donati...
04/13/2021

You don't have to wait until November to to celebrate #GivingTuesday! We are always accepting donations, and each donation directly benefits a child in need. Click the link to learn more! >> https://bit.ly/3mHufvL

You don't have to wait until November to to celebrate #GivingTuesday! We are always accepting donations, and each donation directly benefits a child in need. Click the link to learn more! >> https://bit.ly/3mHufvL

Using some's preferred pronouns is not only respectful, but it is also an act of love.
04/10/2021

Using some's preferred pronouns is not only respectful, but it is also an act of love.

It is absolutely beautiful outside today! What are you up to this weekend? ☀️
04/10/2021

It is absolutely beautiful outside today! What are you up to this weekend? ☀️

It is absolutely beautiful outside today! What are you up to this weekend? ☀️

Photos from Cuidando Los Niños's post
04/08/2021

Photos from Cuidando Los Niños's post

If you're thinking about becoming a CASA, join us for an Info Session this Saturday at  12:00pm! You'll learn all about ...
04/07/2021

If you're thinking about becoming a CASA, join us for an Info Session this Saturday at 12:00pm! You'll learn all about our organization and you will have the chance to ask us any questions you may have. Click the link to be taken to our Info Session registration page! https://bit.ly/2Q5Qe2Y

If you're thinking about becoming a CASA, join us for an Info Session this Saturday at 12:00pm! You'll learn all about our organization and you will have the chance to ask us any questions you may have. Click the link to be taken to our Info Session registration page! https://bit.ly/2Q5Qe2Y

Becoming a CASA starts with attending an Info Session! Info Sessions are designed to answer your questions and let you k...
04/05/2021

Becoming a CASA starts with attending an Info Session! Info Sessions are designed to answer your questions and let you know more about us, what we do, and how we do it. It only takes an hour and you get the chance to pull back the curtain and see how our work changes the lives of hundreds of local youth every year.

Please visit the link to sign up! Our next session is this Saturday, April 10th at noon! https://bit.ly/3uo1VRI

Becoming a CASA starts with attending an Info Session! Info Sessions are designed to answer your questions and let you know more about us, what we do, and how we do it. It only takes an hour and you get the chance to pull back the curtain and see how our work changes the lives of hundreds of local youth every year.

Please visit the link to sign up! Our next session is this Saturday, April 10th at noon! https://bit.ly/3uo1VRI

Thank you Lavish Hair Lounge! For the entire month of April, 10% of every product purchased in-store or online at lavish...
04/01/2021

Thank you Lavish Hair Lounge! For the entire month of April, 10% of every product purchased in-store or online at lavishhairlounge.com will come directly to us! We are honored to receive your support and each purchase helps us make an impact on the life of a child in our foster care system.

Thank you Lavish Hair Lounge! For the entire month of April, 10% of every product purchased in-store or online at lavishhairlounge.com will come directly to us! We are honored to receive your support and each purchase helps us make an impact on the life of a child in our foster care system.

"Your lives matter. Your voices matter. Your stories matter." - Laverne Cox Today, NM Kids Matter honors International T...
03/31/2021

"Your lives matter. Your voices matter. Your stories matter." - Laverne Cox

Today, NM Kids Matter honors International Transgender Day of Visibility. Trans lives deserve to celebrated, uplifted, and loved. For educational resources on Trans topics, click this link >> https://bit.ly/3u1SKGm

"Your lives matter. Your voices matter. Your stories matter." - Laverne Cox

Today, NM Kids Matter honors International Transgender Day of Visibility. Trans lives deserve to celebrated, uplifted, and loved. For educational resources on Trans topics, click this link >> https://bit.ly/3u1SKGm

Happy Feel Good Friday! This week, our friends over at Reliable Nissan gave us the spotlight. Need a quick refresher of ...
03/26/2021

Happy Feel Good Friday! This week, our friends over at Reliable Nissan gave us the spotlight. Need a quick refresher of what we are all about? Click this link! >> https://bit.ly/3tYvoRM

Thank you, Reliable Nissan!

Happy Feel Good Friday! This week, our friends over at Reliable Nissan gave us the spotlight. Need a quick refresher of what we are all about? Click this link! >> https://bit.ly/3tYvoRM

Thank you, Reliable Nissan!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This week’s #feelgoodfriday! A super cute card from the great folks over at @cabqseniors!
02/26/2021

This week’s #feelgoodfriday! A super cute card from the great folks over at @cabqseniors!

This week’s #feelgoodfriday! A super cute card from the great folks over at @cabqseniors!

Happy Valentine’s Day! And a special thank you to all of our amazing volunteers!!
02/15/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! And a special thank you to all of our amazing volunteers!!

Happy Valentine’s Day! And a special thank you to all of our amazing volunteers!!

A young woman was having difficulty getting an approval to take the GED.  She needed the GED in order to register for th...
02/06/2021

A young woman was having difficulty getting an approval to take the GED. She needed the GED in order to register for the Fall semester. The registration deadline was approaching and if she did not complete the GED in time, she would miss a whole semester of classes. Her CASA was instrumental in coordinating and communicating with the necessary parties to help the youth receive permission to take the GED. She passed the GED, registered for classes on time, and is doing well in her studies.

#feelgoodfriday

A young woman was having difficulty getting an approval to take the GED. She needed the GED in order to register for the Fall semester. The registration deadline was approaching and if she did not complete the GED in time, she would miss a whole semester of classes. Her CASA was instrumental in coordinating and communicating with the necessary parties to help the youth receive permission to take the GED. She passed the GED, registered for classes on time, and is doing well in her studies.

#feelgoodfriday

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