In Essex County, New Jersey there are nearly 3,000 children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an independent, court-authorized nonprofit organization that works through specially 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 foster child’s “voice in court” working to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child towards a safe and permanent home.
If you’re interested in becoming an advocate for CASA, The next training class for new volunteer advocates begins on Wednesday, March 2. A written application, three references, personal interview, criminal background check and attendance at 33 hours of training are required of all successful applicants.
Interested applicants can contact Carol Costello, Director of Volunteers, at Essex County CASA by email or by phone at 973.648.2814.