Court Appointed Special Advocate
CASA of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset Hunterdon and Warren matches community volunteers with children who have been abused or neglected and are living in foster care. Volunteer advocates complete 40 hours of training and are supervised by professional staff. Advocates research the children’s circumstances and their needs and make best interest recommendations to the court on their behalf. They act as the "eyes and ears" of the court, ensuring that the judge’s orders are followed and the children are receiving the services to which they are entitled. Advocates stay appointed to the children until permanency is achieved - they either go home, are adopted, or age out of the system. Sometimes this can take years, and our advocates are often the only stable adult in these children’s lives. Being a CASA and providing a voice for children in need is a rewarding experience.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About CASA of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties
148 Main Street, D1, Lebanon, NJ 08833, US
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, New Jersey, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interest of children in out-of-home placement under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Family Court. CASA of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties provides for a corps. of trained volunteers who endeavor to see that needed services and assistance are made available to children in placement while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.
The role of CASA is to advocate for children in out-of-home placement. The CASA is appointed by the Family Court Judge. The volunteer must read all of the child's records and interview people in the child's life and then makes recommendations to the court. All volunteers must be screened, fingerprinted and must agree to a federal, state and local background check before being accepted into a CASA 30 hour training session. All volunteer must be over the age of 21 and be able to provide their own transportation.