Have you been interested in becoming a volunteer advocate for CASA, but the evening training sessions did not work with your schedule? We are now holding day training sessions to accommodate those who cannot fit the evening training into their schedules.
Why become a CASA volunteer?
The purpose of CASA of Union County is to help children in out-of-home placement achieve permanency in a safe and nurturing home. Our supervisors recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers from the community to advocate for children in the foster care system.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA):
(a) Advocates for the best interests of children in out-of-home placement and under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Part, in Union County.
(b) Recruits, screen, train, and supervise volunteers who will be appointed by the Family Court and assist the court in gathering relevant information about the child and the family through file reviews, interviews with the child, parents, foster parents, resource family, relatives, teachers, doctors, social workers and anyone else who might have pertinent information.
(c) Establishes and maintain effective relationships with the Family Court, Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), Child Placement Review Board (CPRB), Office of the Public Defender, Legal Aid, and other child serving agencies/institutions in order to create a cooperative environment in which to best serve the needs of children.
(d) Educates the community about the role of CASA of Union County in the lives of children in out-of-home placement. Represent the CASA program at local and county level organizations concerned with child welfare.
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