Our Mission

Northern Hills Court Appointed Special Advocate (NHCASA) Program seeks to promote and protect the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers.

We Advocate

The philosophy of NHCASA differs from that of most other non-profit organizations which advocate within the court system. We recruit and train volunteers to become a powerful voice within abuse and neglect proceedings. Case by case, we strive to minimize the cycle of child abuse. 

We Educate

In addition to advocating for children in the context of court, we also strive to educate the public about CASA, abuse and neglect issues that children face, and ways to intervene and make a difference for children. Stay up to date on upcoming events via our calendar.

We Connect

CASA Connection is a place designed for volunteers to visit with the children they serve. This can also be utilized for team meetings and family time supervised by the Department of Social Services. It includes a family-friendly space with a full kitchen, laundry, games, crafts, toys, books, private restroom, and an outdoor play area. 

Who We Are

When a child enters the child welfare system because his or her home is no longer safe due to abuse or neglect, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to advocate for the best interest of the child in court and other settings, called a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

What We Do

NHCASA promotes and protects the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers. In 2023, we served 85 children in the 4th Judicial Circuit which includes the counties of Butte, Lawrence, Meade, Corson, Perkins, Harding, Ziebach, and Dewey.

How To Help

A donation to NHCASA is an investment in a child and the community. With your gift, you can help the CASA program to provide the very best volunteer advocacy for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. The children appreciate your support!

Children Served in 2024

Children Waiting for a CASA

Volunteers Active on a Case

Annual Premier Events

Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K Race

Sat, Jul 13, 2024

Black Hills Super 6

Sat, Aug 17, 2024

Dueling Pianos

Sat, Nov 2, 2024

Upcoming Events

February 29, 2024
  • February 29, 2024  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Volunteer Training
    Northern Hills Area CASA Program, 741 N 5th St, Spearfish, SD 57783, USA

March 4, 2024
  • March 4, 2024  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Volunteer Training
    Northern Hills Area CASA Program, 741 N 5th St, Spearfish, SD 57783, USA

March 7, 2024
  • March 7, 2024

    MDT Response to Victims Services Conf- RC

  • March 7, 2024  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Volunteer Training
    Northern Hills Area CASA Program, 741 N 5th St, Spearfish, SD 57783, USA

March 11, 2024
  • March 11, 2024  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Volunteer Training
    Northern Hills Area CASA Program, 741 N 5th St, Spearfish, SD 57783, USA

March 14, 2024
  • March 14, 2024

    Board Meeting

  • March 14, 2024  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Volunteer Training
    Northern Hills Area CASA Program, 741 N 5th St, Spearfish, SD 57783, USA

March 18, 2024
  • March 18, 2024  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Volunteer Training
    Northern Hills Area CASA Program, 741 N 5th St, Spearfish, SD 57783, USA

March 19, 2024
  • March 19, 2024  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Virtual Learning: Understanding ACEs

March 21, 2024
  • March 21, 2024  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Courtroom Training

March 28, 2024
  • March 28, 2024  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Court Improvement Program Virtual Learning: Empowering Indigenous Families through Mentoring

March 29, 2024
  • March 29, 2024

    Good Friday

March 31, 2024
  • March 31, 2024

    NHCASA Closed

April 3, 2024
  • April 3, 2024  8:00 am - 9:30 am

    Cup O'CASA

Serving the Northern Black Hills

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