CASA volunteers fight for the rights of children during the most vulnerable time of their young lives.

It is a basic human right for every child to have a family and

home of his or her own.  

Children also have the right to feel safe, to learn and to grow. We fight for these rights. Abused and neglected children need more than the overburdened child welfare agency can provide.  CASA for Children of Bergen County recruits and trains community volunteers to speak up for the rights of children living in the foster care system and help facilitate them living in safe and permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Be a Part of the CASA Solution

The solution starts with a single volunteer. The volunteer is a Court Appointed Special advocate who is empowered with the ability to transform lives of vulnerable children. The advocate is trained to listen to the child and all of the of the other important people in the child’s life. The cases are complex.  The advocate is trained to report his or her observations and findings and make recommendations to the family court judge that are in the child’s best interests. You can help be part of the safety net to make sure our children in Bergen County don’t get lost in the foster care system.

What We Do at Bergen CASA

Here in Bergen we are more than just advocacy. We also provide our children with the little extras they may need; birthday gifts, holiday gifts, camp fees, driving lessons, even gym shorts or a prom dress if needed. We are a special group of people dedicated to helping foster children in our own county.  We also hold special events or take part in events for them.  Please see our Donate Page to see how you can help us in our efforts.

Mission Statement

CASA FOR CHILDREN OF BERGEN COUNTY

Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an independent, non-profit organization of professionals and trained volunteers who have been appointed by the NJ Family Court to advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.   CASA works to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to these children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.

Become a CASA

Interested in Learning More About Becoming A CASA?

The first step is to attend an Information Session and learn all about CASA. Information Sessions will be held twice a month, you only have to attend one. Please register here  for an information session or call the office at 201-336-7520. These sessions will take place at One Bergen County Plaza, in Hackensack — click here for directions. Click here to read about the four easy steps to become a CASA.

 

STORIES OF CHILDREN CASA HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP!

Bonnie, a CASA volunteer, was assigned to advocate for an eight year old girl, Jessica who, along with her brother, was removed from their biological mother after it was reported that their mother had threatened to drive into a nearby river and kill herself and her two children.

Maria is a 15 year old girl whose family was involved with the state child welfare agency since 1988 because of allegations that her mom and dad were involved with drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and neglect.

Ethan was the CASA volunteer assigned to Shaun as he was approaching the age of eighteen. Shaun found himself being removed from his parent's care because they were living in a hotel due to the fact that they were homeless.

Our Sponsors

 
WB Wood
Bogota Savings Bank