CASA Spotlight - meet Debb Sheehan
I was born and raised in western Minnesota then moved to the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul for college, grad school, early marriage and birth of our two sons. After my husband finished medical school we lived in several locations including New Zealand and South Africa, returning to western Minnesota for the last 10 years of my career. We moved to Flagstaff in July of 2016. I had the opportunity to retire when we moved to Flagstaff, but wanted to continue to share the knowledge and experience I had attained on trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). I started giving trainings on ACEs and met Fred Meek. He talked about the CASA program which is not something that is available in Minnesota. I was intrigued, because I wanted to work more directly with children in need and their families. It sounded like just the volunteer opportunity I was looking for! I like the fact that while we are volunteers, we are such an important part of the process for kids who are going through all sorts of life issues. The position requires us to use our heads as well as our hearts. It has a level of complexity that makes me feel like my time is really making a difference. That, and the fact that the staff at CASA are an amazing team! :-) If I had a super hero power I’d say I would like the power of healing touch—to be able to impact people in a personal way so their pain is lessened and their lives are made whole. One by one we would see the world transformed!

This month's breaking news... 

Coconino CASA for Kids is now a Qualifying Charitable Organization!
What does this mean? The state of Arizona offers its taxpayers the opportunity to make contributions to non-profit organizations that reduce the amount of tax owed to the state or increase the amount of the taxpayer’s refund, dollar-for-dollar! There is NO NET COST to the donor, and deserving organizations and individuals around the state benefit. In order to receive the dollar-for-dollar tax credit, you must have a tax liability for at least the amount of your donation.  Click here for more information about Arizona's Tax Credit.  
Newsletters from ​CASA of Coconino County
Judge Soukup - Founder of CASA Program
In 1977, Judge David Soukup in King County (Seattle), WA established the first CASA program. The program was established to provide court-based advocacy for abused and neglected children through the use of trained and supervised community volunteers. The CASA model spread quickly as judges and communities around the nation learned from the Seattle area program. The National CASA Association was founded in 1982. Here's Judge Soukup telling you about why he created the CASA program.

Dr. Phil speaks about his support for CASA
A child has rights. As national spokespersons for CASA for Children, Dr. Phil and Robin are committed to giving a voice to the many children who fall through the cracks in the foster care system.
Speak up for a child as a CASA - be the voice of a child
The goal of CASA volunteers is to get abused and neglected kids out of the system and into safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Kids with a CASA volunteer are half as likely to spend time in long-term foster care as those without volunteer advocates. And, when they leave the system, kids with a CASA volunteer are substantially more likely than others to stay out permanently.