The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Bright Star Dental, Dr. Achen’s Office, La Fiesta Bakery, Electrical Contracting Services, Las Cruces Police Department Victim Advocate Unit, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Victim Advocate Unit, FYI-CAC and the Onate Baseball Team for participating in a gift drive to benefit children in foster care who receive services through Mesilla Valley CASA. There were over 80 gifts donated which are just part of the total number collected.
Mesilla Valley CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Inc. was established in September 1993 at the request of the New Mexico Third District Court judge. They currently serve the court of the Honorable Fernando Macias.
Before the formulation of the CASA program, many times decisions about the future of abused and neglected children were made without all of the facts and information necessary to determine what was truly in the best interest of those children. The solution is the advocate, an ordinary citizen who is trained and given tools to make an informed recommendation to the court as to what might be in the best interest of the children.
The children served by Mesilla Valley CASA, Inc. are reported to be abused and neglected and have been taken into protective custody by the Children, Youth and Families Department and assigned a case number in the New Mexico Third District Children’s Court. The children we serve are Dona Ana County residents, are from ethnically diverse backgrounds and range in age from birth to 18 years of age.