Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties, Inc. (CASA) is an independent, court-authorized, non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the right of child victims from our community to safe and permanent homes. These child victims have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, and temporarily placed by New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency in foster care or in residential facilities.
CASA’s mission is achieved through the recruitment, training, and supervision of community volunteer advocates who commit to become powerful voices for these vulnerable children within the court system. CASA advocates serve as the eyes and ears of the Family Court judges and provide an independent voice for the child in court proceedings. A CASA advocate is assigned to a specific child within the foster care system and represents the best interests of that child to the Family Court and other child- welfare system agencies.
A CASA advocate works to secure critical community resources and services such as therapeutic evaluations for a child and family; tutoring services; appropriate school enrollments, and other educational resources; medical services (for instance, speech therapy); transportation; equipment and/or facilities for extracurricular activities; and other referrals for community resources.
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