THIS IS WHAT YOUR DOLLARS HELP US ACHIEVE


217 Children were served.

45 of volunteers were provided with in-depth advocate pre-service training.

A total of 126 of advocates donated 11,185 hours to their cases.

80% of the cases that closed, the children ended in permanent homes.

80% of recommendations made by CASA in court reports were accepted by the courts.

75 older youth and child welfare professionals received training at our annual Aging Out Workshop.

100% of the children we serve received a special holiday and birthday gift that they were hoping for.

Success of CASA

09_CASA_450_HIInvesting in CASA helps children AND saves the state tax dollars by improving the effective handling of cases for abused and neglected children in both the judicial and child welfare systems.  CASA volunteers help better protect the best interest of children in foster care by:

streamlining the investigative and information gathering process
improving decision-making for children by making sure judges have all the information necessary in front of them before making rulings
enhancing communication and coordination among the various agencies and individuals touching children’s lives, and
acting as an independent advocate for the best interests of the individual child.

Since CASA advocacy is community based, CASA volunteers research service providers in Bergen County, the specific services the agencies provide and how to best access those services.    CASA volunteers link services in the community to address the child’s needs. Specifically, CASA volunteers:

help locate relatives
monitor the child’s educational, medical, and mental health needs and ensure those needs are being met
informally mediate conflicts and work to achieve consensus among people involved in the child’s case
identify specific needs of the child and family and advocate for those needs to be met in a timely and cost-effective way
help to ensure that services provided are more effective and targeted to meets the needs of the individual child and/or family

A Survey of New Jersey Family Court Judges showed that they found CASA volunteers to be highly effective in advocating for the best interests of children, monitoring their cases, and preparing information for the court.  The judges felt strongly that the personal knowledge CASA volunteers have about the children they serve is beneficial to the court’s decision making and those children and families are better served because of CASA’s involvement.  A similar survey of judges nationwide indicated that they are likely to assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult and complex cases, and “almost always” incorporate CASA volunteers recommendations into their Court Orders.

Here are a few stories of children CASA has been able to help!

jessica

Jessica

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.

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maria

Maria

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.

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shaun

Shaun

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.

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