CASA Child Advocate Day Proclaimed
April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Chris Christie, Governor of the State of New Jersey, has proclaimed April 7, 2017 as CASA Child Advocate Day. The governor called for a wide response urging all to become involved in efforts aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect. He recognized the significant contributions made by CASA programs and advocates throughout New Jersey in helping to protect the safety and well-being of the state’s abused and neglected children.
Annually, more than 12,500 of New Jersey’s children remain in the care of others due to abuse or neglect. Removed from their homes, these children are placed into foster care, group homes, or shelters, and become part of our state’s judicial and child welfare systems, sometimes for years. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of the child in both systems. Last year, New Jersey and its abused and neglected children received advocacy services from 1,796 CASA volunteers working nearly 194,000 hours on behalf of their assigned children. In addition, 193 volunteer Board members in state and local CASA programs donated approximately 12,000 hours to ensure CASA sustainability. While CASA helped 3,660 children last year, there were still nearly 9,000 more children in need of a CASA. The only way to reach additional children is with more volunteers, and more donations to help recruit and train those volunteers.
Statistics show that children who are abused and do not get help to heal are more likely to grow up to be abusers, have mental health problems, drop out of school, end up homeless, have children before they’re ready, turn to crime, and strain our already fragile social safety net. This spiral not only threatens the future of the child, but that of our state.
Please consider becoming a part of the solution for these children by becoming a CASA volunteer or donating to a CASA program. Visit www.casaforchildrennj.org to find your local CASA program today.
About CASA of NJ
CASA of New Jersey, Inc. is part of a national network of non-profit programs that advocate for children removed from their families because of abuse or neglect. CASA of New Jersey provides a voice for abused and neglected children by empowering a statewide network of 21 county-based programs. Working through community volunteers, these programs advocate on behalf of children in foster care and other out-of-home placements to ensure their well-being and ultimate placement in safe and nurturing permanent homes. To learn more about CASA of New Jersey, visit www.casaofnj.org. To find a CASA program in your county, visit www.casaforchildrennj.org.
CASA of NJ
77 Church St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
609-695-9400, ext. 1
Essex CASA Featured in Radius Magazine CASA for Children of Essex County is a proud member of the Newark community. As such, we were excited to be featured in Radius Magazine for our annual Ruby Red Shoe Ball fundraiser. Radius celebrates the past, present, and future of Newark through features, photography, and community profiles. Essex CASA is thankful to be included among the very best of Newark.
Essex CASA Receives National Recognition for Diversity In June 2014, at the National CASA Conference in Dallas, Essex CASA received the National CASA Inclusion Award for our promotion of inclusiveness and diversity among volunteers, board members and staff. "We are incredibly proud to be recognized out of 900 national programs...it is the open-minded people of Essex County - and the people of Newark in a very special way - who have stepped up to help our abused and neglected children," says Karen Burns, Executive Director of CASA for Children of Essex County.