A child has rights. We fight for them.
Abused and neglected children need more than the foster care and child welfare system can provide. CASA for Children recruits, trains and supports citizen-volunteers who advocate for children in the community and in the courtroom.
A child with a CASA volunteer is:
Twice as likely to be adopted, than to linger in long-term foster care
Half as likely to re-enter the foster care system
More likely to have a plan for finding a permanent home, especially children of color
More likely to do better in school
In Atlantic and Cape May Counties 400 children have a CASA volunteer. A trusted adult who will stick with them until their case is resolved. But 600 children are still waiting.
We have promised to match a CASA volunteer with every waiting child by 2017. To do that, we need your help. Your support can change a child’s life.
What can you do?
Donate – lift up a child’s voice
Volunteer – now accepting applications for training
CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected contact New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services at 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (1-877-652-2873).
The entire court system closes during a declared State of Emergency, even if the inclement weather is north or west of our immediate area, please check the New Jersey Courts website before heading to scheduled court dates during weather-related storms.