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What We Do

What We Do

CASA for Children recruits, trains and coaches community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in our community. CASA advocates visit with the children and their families and have access to everyone involved in the child's life. Armed with that information, the advocates write court reports directly to the family court judge with recommendations for services and resources that are in the child’s best interests.

CASA advocates stay with each case, and advocate for each child, until their case is resolved - either reunited with family, adopted or placed with a relative. The number one priority for each child is to help ensure that they are living in a secure, safe home.

 

Why We Do It

A child has the undeniable right to feel safe, loved, to learn, grow and become the person they are destined to be. Unfortunately, many families are in crisis and too often children are not provided these basic rights. Right now, over 1,000 children are separated from their families in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The effects of abuse can last a lifetime. Children in foster care lead extremely unstable and stressful lives, often shuttled between foster homes, institutional or family placements and shelters. Homes, friends, foster parents and schools may change many times during a single year. As a result, these children experience the long-term, often debilitating, effects of living away from their family. These effects include anxiety, depression, anger, improper sexual behavior and a tendency toward substance abuse and violence.

At 21, foster youth are emancipated from the child welfare system, whether or not they have a permanent home. Often these youth are alone, jobless and homeless with nothing more than a suitcase of clothes. Without proper guidance and preparation, these young adults can turn to crime, violence and drugs as a means to survive.

Our Impact This Year

  • Children with a CASA Advocate

    625

  • Current Active CASA Advocates

    250

  • Case Hours Donated by CASA Advocates

    8,783

  • Children Who Need a CASA Advocate
    Children Who Need a CASA Advocate

    425

  • United Way
    United Way

    United Way logo

  • OceanFirst Bank
    OceanFirst Bank

    OceanFirst Bank logo

  • Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation
    Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation

    Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation logo

  • Ocean City Home Bank logo

  • Jewelers for Children
    Jewelers for Children
  • Ocean City Exchange Club
    Ocean City Exchange Club
  • Avalon Lions
    Avalon Lions
  • Glenn Insurance
    Glenn Insurance
  • South Jersey Industries
    South Jersey Industries
  • Northstar Marine
    Northstar Marine
  • Levine Staller Attorneys at Law
    Levine Staller Attorneys at Law
  • Atlantic County Utilities Authority
    Atlantic County Utilities Authority
  • Foster Karney Foundation Fund
    Foster Karney Foundation Fund
  • Gillian's Wonderland Pier
    Gillian's Wonderland Pier
  • Office of Victim Crimes
    Office of Victim Crimes
  • Boardwalk Hall
    Boardwalk Hall
  • City of Atlantic City
    City of Atlantic City
  • Levine Staller
    Levine Staller
  • M&T Bank
    M&T Bank
  • Shore Medical Center
    Shore Medical Center
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