THIS IS WHAT YOUR DOLLARS HELP US ACHIEVE IN THE PAST YEAR ALONE
Success of CASA
Investing 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:
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:
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!
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.