The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of New Jersey program, together with county-based CASA programs, supports and promotes best interest child advocacy so that every child and youth placed in foster care and other out-of-home placements can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.
Children are removed from their homes when they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or primary caregiver. CASA volunteers ensure the health, well-being, and safety of these children until the child’s court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, nurturing, permanent home.
HELP A CHILD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
This holiday season, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children who have suffered abuse and neglect when you donate to CASA of New Jersey. Children like Rose and Eve, who had CASA volunteer Lea by their side, to help them find their way back to a safe, permanent home.
ROSE AND EVE, A CHILD’S STORY
CASA volunteer Lea was shocked to learn the children she would advocate for had ﬂed their home late at night by jumping out of a second-ﬂoor window. Rose, age 7, and her younger sister, Eve, suffered minor injuries from the jump and ran to a neighbor’s home for safety. Their mother was at work when the girls ran away. Their stepfather had locked them in a room, without food or drink, while he went out for the night. Rose and Eve were placed in foster care.
CASA Lea visited the girls regularly at their foster home placements. During one visit, Rose, a shy little girl, quietly confided to CASA Lea how her stepfather had molested her and said this was why she and her sister had to run away.
CASA Lea, realizing no one knew this information, reported what she learned to the appropriate authorities. She recommended trauma therapy for Rose and other services to help both girls overcome their abuse and neglect.
Rose and Eve’s mother followed all the steps necessary for reunification. She visited her daughters every chance she had and she obtained a restraining order against the girls’ stepfather, whom she was divorcing. In her court reports, CASA Lea wrote how loving the mother was and that the girls were always excited to see her.
When their mother invited the girls to visit her, Rose told CASA Lea she wouldn’t feel safe at her mother’s home. CASA Lea, understanding Rose feared any chance of seeing her stepfather, recommended family therapy. Once therapy began, Rose agreed to visit her mother’s home. Not long after this, the girls started spending days and nights there. Eventually, Rose, Eve, and their mom were reunified as a family. This year, they are excited about spending this holiday season together.
Help children like Rose and Eve this holiday season when you make a donation to CASA of New Jersey.
The CHILDREN & yOUTH
CASA of New Jersey empowers a statewide network of fourteen county-based CASA programs that provide services to foster children and youth from New Jersey’s twenty-one counties. During the fiscal year 2021 ( July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021), CASA volunteers provided best interest advocacy to 3,321 foster children and youth. As of July 1, 2021, 1,350 CASA volunteers were serving 2,376 children.. Following are the demographics of the children served by CASA volunteers during the fiscal year 2021.
CHILDREN BY GENDER
CHILDREN BY AGE
CHILDREN BY RACE
CHILDREN BY COUNTY
Cape May: 142
CASA child advocacy impact
1,907 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers were assigned to a child’s abuse and neglect case during the fiscal year 2021.
CASA volunteers generously donated 75,477 hours of their time to provide best-interest advocacy to children and youth. They submitted over 5,000 reports to the court on behalf of the children and youth they served.
95% of the 20,018 recommendations made by CASA volunteers in their reports to the court regarding foster children’s placement and needed services were accepted by the court.