November 2014
Essex CASA is Proud to Participate in National Adoption Day
Essex CASA is proud to partner with the Division of Child Protection & Permanency, the NJ Superior Court, and community volunteers to celebrate 2014 National Adoption Day. On Friday November 14th, adoptions for 45 foster children were officially confirmed by the Judges of the Family Court. Brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandparents and friends celebrated together this final step in creating their "forever families." Click here to read the story of one CASA family whose incredible journey led them to this very special day.
 The four Nelson siblings pose on Adoption Day with their CASA volunteer Advocate, CASA Case Supervisor, and DCPP Caseworkers.
CASA's 2014 Ruby Red Shoe Ball a Huge Success!

 September 2014
Patricia Devine-Harms Announced as Honoree of Ruby Red Shoe Ball

Essex CASA announces Patricia Devine-Harms, Civic Leader and Community Advocate, as the honoree for the third annual Ruby Red Shoe Ball. Patricia has donated thousands of hours to our community including her roles as past Chair of the Junior Leagues of NJ State Public Affairs Committee and as a key member of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. "We are thrilled to be able to shine a light on the work she has done," said Karen Burns, Executive Director of Essex CASA. The Ruby Red Shoe Ball will be held on November 1st at Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell.

Karen Burns Appears on Comcast Newsmakers to
Discuss Essex CASA's Upcoming Volunteer Training

 August 2014
Essex CASA Welcomes Several New Faces
The end of summer brings with it new members of the CASA team, including two new Case Supervisors and two new trustees to our Board. Lauren Kestenbaum and Stephanie Brown join our program service staff and Jill Rosenthal and Meredith Prithviraj expand our Board of Trustees.
 July 2014
Essex CASA Establishes New Collaboration with the Newark Public Schools
CASA for Children of Essex County is proud to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with the Newark Public Schools. The Memorandum establishes formal collaboration between CASA and NPS as "collegial partners" in serving the educational needs of Newark's foster youth. It acknowledges and promotes CASA's role in "support[ing] each CASA Student's positive view of school through direct dialogue with [school personnel] encourage his or her overall educational progress." CASA is committed to ensuring all children in foster care receive the educational services to which they are entitled.

Click here to see Essex CASA featured on the Urban Philanthropist
The Urban Philanthropist, by Rakeem Sharif, is a blog for the engaged activist, highlighting issues within the community that are often ignored or unaddressed.

 June 2014
Congratulations to CASA's Class of 2014!

The end of the 2013-14 school year awarded 17 Essex CASA students their high school diploma. CASA staff and volunteers are proud to have been guests at so many joyful graduation celebrations this year. Congratulations to Terrel, Kaneesha, Eugene, Darnisha, Malasia, Isaiah, Ruben, Terrell, Raheem, Assata, Kyra, Candice, Luis, Nadiyah, Elaine, Ricky, and Louise! 
Essex CASA Wins National Diversity and Inclusion Award
On June 9, 2014, at the National CASA Conference in Dallas, TX, Essex CASA received the National CASA Inclusion Award for their promotion of inclusiveness and diversity among volunteers, board members and staff. "We are incredibly proud to be recognized out of 900 national 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. Read the full press release here.
Karen Burns Appears on Comcast Newsmakers to
Discuss Essex CASA's Volunteer Opportunities


Did you know...?
  • Over 2,000 children pass through the foster care system in Essex County each year.
  • Despite having less than 10% of the total state population, Essex County is home to 16% of the state's foster children. That's more than the next two largest counties combined (Hudson & Camden).
  • Over 80% of Essex CASA's children come from just two county municipalities – Newark and East Orange.
  • Nearly all foster children come from families with incomes below the poverty line.
  • Many children enter foster care with physical and mental health problems directly attributable to the abuse and neglect they have suffered, as well as the tragic legacy of their parent's substance abuse.
  • Although the number of children in foster care in Essex County is steadily decreasing, the children who remain in care or come into care have increasingly complex and demanding needs. CASA is the only organization dedicated exclusively to ensuring their well-being one child at a time.
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