Child Advocates speak up in court for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. The CASA Volunteer advocates for the child's medical, dental, educational, psychological and recreational needs. Volunteers will be screened (fingerprinted and interviewed)before accepted into the 30 hour training program. After volunteers are trained, they will be assigned one child or set of siblings. They will review DCP&P documents and interview the child, relatives, teachers and anyone important in the child's life. Volunteers then write a report that is submitted to the family court judge. They also may attend court hearings. Each volunteer must make a minimum of 1 year commitment once assigned to a child.
If you are interested in learning more please e-mail Jill Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 434-0050. You can also visit our website at www.casamercer.org
1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, NJ 08638, US
Court Appointed Specials Advocates (CASA) of Mercer County is an independent, non-profit organization committted to speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the children toward safe and permanent homes.
A CASA volunteer is assigned to an abuse or neglect case by a judge. After conducting a thorough investigation of the case and interviewing those involved, he/she reports this information to the Court and makes recommendations about what he/she believes is best for the child. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, all kinds of educational, ethnic, and social backgrounds. Many work full time and no prior experience is necessary. On average a CASA volunteer devotes 5 to 15 hours a month to a case. After volunteers complete the training program they are sworn-in by the family court judge.