Did you know that every year more than 2,000 Essex County children pass through the foster care system? That’s about the size of a high school. Some of these kids are probably your children’s classmates.
James Caldwell High School student Ethan Meth knows. His mother has been a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a group of dedicated community volunteers who are empowered to advocate for these children in Family Court. Her volunteer work inspired Ethan so much, he decided to organize Camp Out For CASA.
On Friday May 3, students from James Caldwell High School, West Orange High School and Montclair High School are joining Ethan’s efforts by giving up their beds for one night to show support for the thousands of foster children in our community without safe, permanent homes. This youth-led event will raise social awareness about the challenges faced by foster children in our own neighborhoods and the work of CASA volunteers who are dedicated to improving their lives and their futures.
Ethan tells us, “The main objective isn’t raising money or supplies, but we will graciously accepting any kind if donation.”
If your teen or school wants to help too, you can. Click here for more information and to sign up to participate.