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CASA for Children of Essex County

CASA of Essex County promotes the welfare of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment by providing a safety net of support, advocacy, and mentorship.

CASA trains and supervises volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court, to ensure that each child has the opportunity to thrive by receiving needed services and assistance while helping to move the child toward a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.

Visit www.casaessex.org to learn more about becoming an advocate for youth in foster care and/or email Alexis at aslade@casaessex.org to register for one of our virtual information sessions.

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About CASA for Children of Essex County

Location:

212 Washington St, Rm 912, Newark, NJ 07102, US

Mission Statement

Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an independent, court-authorized, non-profit organization which works through professionally trained and supervised volunteers to promote the welfare of children in Essex County, NJ who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. CASA serves as a child's "Voice in Court," working to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child toward a safe and permanent home.

Description

The primary objective of a CASA Volunteer is to represent to the family court the interests of the abused or neglected child to whom he or she is assigned. A CASA Volunteer makes a critical difference in the lives of these children by getting to know the child(ren) they are working with, seeking out current information about their circumstances and making recommendations regarding services for the child and the best permanency plan for that child. Whether this plan is reunification with parents or relatives or adoption, a CASA Volunteer diligently remains focused on the child's need for permanent placement. CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life, all kinds of educational, ethnic, and social backgrounds. no prior experience is necessary. On average a CASA Volunteer devotes 10 to 15 hours a month to a case. Each new Volunteer receives 33 hours of intitial training. The training schedule is available on the website or from the CASA office. Following the completion of training, volunteers are sworn in by a family court judge.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

212 Washington StreetNewark, NJ 07102

(40.73759,-74.17392)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-15 hours a month

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