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Children in foster care need someone to visit them, to stand by them, and to speak up for their best interests. Be that someone.

CASA OF NJ SYMPOSIUM 2021

Join us for the CASA of NJ Symposium on disproportionality and the impact of structural racism in the child welfare system. June 10, 2021, and Wednesday, June 16, 2021

CHANGE A CHILD'S STORY.

When everything in a foster child’s life changes in an instant, their CASA volunteer is there for them to ensure their safety & well-being.

OUR IMPACT

Find out how a foster child’s life is impacted by having a Court Appointed Special Advocate in their corner.

OUR WORK

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.

CASA volunteers,  trained and supported by a local CASA program, are appointed by judges to advocate for a child’s best interests in court and the community.

casa OF nj EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR APPOINTED

May 2021, New Brunswick, NJ –The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Angie Waters as the Executive Director of CASA of NJ. During the past five months, Angie served as the Interim Executive Director of the organization.

Angie’s exceptional leadership and organizational skills, combined with her demonstrated commitment to the success of CASA programs throughout New Jersey, have allowed the organization to function effectively during a period of transition.

Read the full announcement here.

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 2020 ( July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020), CASA volunteers provided best interest advocacy to 3,717 foster children and youth. Following are the demographics of the children served  by CASA volunteers during FY 2020.

CHILDREN BY GENDER

 

CHILDREN BY AGE

 

CHILDREN BY RACE

 

CHILDREN BY COUNTY

Atlantic: 393

Bergen: 168

Burlington: 152

Camden: 95

Cape May: 167

Cumberland: 173

Essex: 283

 

Gloucester: 176

Hudson: 261

Hunterdon: 29

Mercer: 200

Middlesex: 157

Monmouth: 235

Morris: 135

 

Ocean: 121

Passaic: 299

Salem: 89

Somerset: 87

Sussex: 84

Union: 334

Warren: 79

Learn more in the CASA of New Jersey FY 2020 Annual Report.

THE STORY OF A BOY

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After visiting At age 3, Ryan was placed in foster care after he was found alone with his mother, who was unconscious from drug abuse.

While in foster care, Ryan was moved to and from numerous foster homes. He had severe Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ryan acted out aggressively, making it difficult for him to find a permanent home. Given his diagnoses and behavioral issues, the Department of Child Protection & Permanency moved him to a group home intended for older children.

Jan was appointed as Ryan’s CASA volunteer two years after he entered foster care. After visiting Ryan, she felt strongly that the group home was a dangerous living situation for him.

Ryan was acting out. He had been sexually assaulted by another child resident. Jan made sure the Court was aware of this in her reports.

While reviewing Ryan’s case files, Jan found letters asking how Ryan was from his last foster family—the Millers. Jan discovered that Ryan had been removed from the Miller home because it was located in a rural area, and it was difficult finding necessary services nearby.

Jan advocated fiercely for Ryan to move back to his prior foster home. In time, she was successful. Ryan was placed back with the Miller family, and months later, they adopted him. Their family is providing a safe, caring, loving home for Ryan.

Find out how you can become a CASA volunteer and help a child find a safe, permanent home here.

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Change a child's story

Find out how a foster child’s life is impacted by having a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer by their side.

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Foster children need someone to visit them, to stand by them, and to speak up for their them in court and in the community. Be that someone.

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