CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates: Give an Abused or Neglected Child a Voice

Every Year in New Jersey:

*More than 44,000 children are part of the child welfare system because of an allegation of abuse or neglect.

*Of these children, approximately 12,000 end up in foster care or other placements. They become part of the family court system with a judge making decisions regarding their futures.

*Over 30% of these children do not have a permanent home for 3 or more years.

*On average, children with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer spend less time in foster care than these without a CASA volunteer. They are also less likely to return to foster care after leaving it.

*Unfortunately only one-third of these 12,000 children has a CASA volunteer.

Learn what you can do to help…

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer:

*CASA volunteer are appointed by Family Court Judges to advocate for the best interests of a child. They make sure children receive the services and stability they need and that they find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.

*You don’t need any special skills to be a CASA volunteer, just the desire to help children. Training and ongoing guidance are provided.

*CASA volunteers meet with their  assigned children and everyone who is important in their lives; they gather information, review records and prepare a court report.

*CASA court reports outline recommendations based on each child’s unique circumstances. Judges rely on CASA reports to determine the child’s best interest and to help make the best decisions possible for each child.

You can help in SO many ways!

Volunteer: The actions of a single CASA volunteer really do mean everything to a child. Get trained and empowered to help ensure that a child can thrive in a safe, permanent home.

Donate: No time to volunteer? Lift up a child’s voice by making a tax-deductible contribution. Donations help us recruit and train more volunteers to serve more children.

Get Involved: Consider becoming a CASA Board or Committee member, planning a fundraiser, assisting in the office or promoting CASA through social media and word of mouth.

Reach out to us. Together we will find the best way for you to help ensure the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children.

About Bergen County CASA:

Since we opened out doors in 2003, Bergen County CASA has served over 700 children. However, we typically only have enough advocates for 30-50% of the children who need one. Our mission in Bergen County is to provide 100% of these children with an advocate. We need your help to do this!

Please come to an Information Session to learn more about all the ways that we could welcome you into our Bergen County CASA family!

The schedule is on our web site at: http://www.bergencasa.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

Every child deserves to have a safe, permanent and nurturing home.

CASA ensures that a well-trained, independent volunteer is able to voice timely and objective recommendations to their Family Court on behalf of a child. Our only interest is the child’s best interest.

CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates for children/Bergen County.

Contact Information: CASA for Children of Bergen County.

One Bergen County Plaza, Suite 334

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Telephone: (201) 336-7520

Fax: (201) 336-7521

http://www.bergencasa.org

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the CASA pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call them at the above number for more information on this program.

 

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call CASA for more information.

    Liked by 1 person

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