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 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. Read the full press release here.
Karen Burns Appears on Comcast Newsmakers to
Discuss CASA's Volunteer Opportunities (June 25, 2014)
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.