A safe, permanent home for a child in foster care. Is it too much to ask?
In Essex County, New Jersey more than 2,000 children each year pass through the foster care system because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Their cases are brought before a Family Court Judge who sometimes has only a few minutes to make critical life-altering decisions about their future. Can they be safely reunited with their parents? Are there relatives or family friends who can care for them? Should they be placed for adoption? Making decisions about the lives of children and families is a heavy burden. A Family Court Judge needs accurate and up-to-date information to make the right decision for a foster child. That’s where CASA comes in!
CASA for Children of Essex County is an independent, court-authorized nonprofit organization that works through specially trained and supervised volunteers to promote the welfare of children in Essex County, New Jersey who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment by providing a safety net of support, advocacy and mentorship. CASA trains and supervises volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in Court, to insure that each child has the opportunity to thrive by receiving needed service and assistance, while helping to move the child towards a safe and permanent home.
CASA helps to provide information to Family Court Judges by using trained community volunteers to investigate the background of a foster care case and make recommendations to the Judge that will best help to move the child to a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. Everyday ordinary people make a difference in the lives of the county’s most vulnerable citizens by becoming a CASA volunteer or helping to support others in this effort. We invite you to look around our website to learn more about how you can help make a difference too!
Essex County CASA is a member of the National CASA Association and affiliated with CASA of NJ.