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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

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Abused and neglected children need more than the foster care and child welfare system can provide. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children recruits, trains and coaches citizen-volunteers who advocate for abused children in the community and in the courtroom.

CASA volunteers are not foster parents; they are advocates who give children and youth support and guidance as they navigate the foster care system. CASA volunteers are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible, either reunited with family, adopted or placed with other family members.

Interested in learning more? Please register for one of our monthly Information Sessions at http://atlanticcapecasa.org/getinvolved/

For more information or any questions please call 609-601-7800 or email: debbie@atlanticcapecasa.org

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About Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Location:

321 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ 08244, US

Mission Statement

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and its trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Description

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program was created in 1977 to make sure that the abuse and neglect that these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system.

The CASA concept is based on the commitment that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home. In court jurisdictions that have adopted the program, the juvenile or family court judge turns to a specially trained pool of CASA volunteers each time a case involving a child is received.

The Judge appoints a volunteer to the child's case. The volunteer then becomes an official part of the judicial proceedings, working alongside attorneys and social workers as an appointed officer of the court. Unlike attorneys and social workers, however, the CASA volunteer speaks exclusively for the child's best interest.

By handling only one or two cases at a time (compared to a social agency caseworker's average load of 60-90), the CASA volunteer has the time to explore thoroughly the history of each assigned case. The volunteer talks with the child, parents and family members, neighbors, school officials, doctors and others involved in the child's background who might have facts about the case. The volunteer then reviews all records and documents pertaining to the child. He or she then submits a formal report to the court recommending placement: should the child stay with his or her parents, be placed in foster care or be freed for permanent adoption?

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

321 Shore RoadSomers Point, NJ 08244

(39.32266,-74.58955)
 

SKILLS

  • Advocacy
  • Child Welfare
  • Youth Services
  • Case Work / Management
  • Social Work
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 35 hrs of training, 8-12 hrs/month after training

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